The 31-year-old was facing “an allegation of felony marijuana possession and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession.” Ward also failed to attend a court appearance regarding the charges. At the time of the arrest, the veteran’s agent stood by his client, saying all reports were “inaccurate.”
Ward had previously been arrested in 2014 on assault charges, and he was handed a one-game suspension despite the charges being dropped. Florio opines that the free agent safety will not face any punishment from the NFL this time around. Of course, Ward is currently unsigned, although suitors may have been waiting to see how this case unfolded. Back in March, the veteran earned a spot on our top-20 free agent safety rankings.
Following three productive seasons with the Broncos, the safety was released by Denver last offseason. He ended up catching on with the Buccaneers, compiling 30 tackles and three passes defended in 12 games (five starts). Pro Football Focus wasn’t particularly fond of his performance, ranking him 58th among eligible safeties.
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