Derrick Ward Lands in Tampa
Derrick Ward, one of the top Running Backs in the free agent market, signed a four-year deal with Tampa Bay worth $17 million. He was part of a three-headed monster in New York with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Brandon Jacob’s role will remain the same, and Ahmad Bradshaw will take over Ward’s role as the Giants will likely move to a two-headed monster.
Meanwhile, in Tampa the signing signifies the end of Earnest Graham’s hold on the starting job. He’ll still get plenty of carries, and will probably be the short-yardage back meaning he could vulture some TDs. Cadillac Williams’ value takes a hit, but at this point you can hardly afford to gamble on him any more than the Bucs. Ward should see a small boost in production as he moves to a feature back role. As I said, Graham will get plenty of carries so temper your expectations.