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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.

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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