Buccaneers S T.J. Ward Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana


T.J. Ward’s agent, Josh Arnold, issued the following statement to Albert Breer regarding the recent news involving his client.

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Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers S T.J. Ward was arrested Wednesday morning in Tampa Bay on a felony possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges for an outstanding warrant.

According to Auman, Ward has already been released on $2,500 bond.

The arrest report from October 25 shows that Ward had 99.9 grams of marijuana in glass jars and he admitted to police that he “occasionally smoked” and owned a “brass grinder containing marijuana residue.

Ward, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Browns back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with the Browns before signing a four-year, $22.5 million contract that included $13.5 million guaranteed with the Broncos in 2014.

Ward was entering the final year of his contract and set to make a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2017 season when the Broncos cut him loose at the start of the season. The Buccaneers later signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract.

He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.

In 2017, Ward appeared in 12 games and recorded 43 tackles, no interceptions, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses for the Buccaneers. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 58 safety out of 189 qualifying players.

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