(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward.
Ward (5-10, 200) spent the past three seasons (2014-16) with the Denver Broncos, earning Pro Bowl selections following the 2014 & 2015 seasons. He was also a member of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship team. During his three seasons in Denver, Ward was a lynchpin of one of the most successful defenses in football, with the Broncos ranking first in passing yards allowed per game (203.6), second in yards allowed per game (301.5) and fifth in points allowed per game (19.7).
Ward originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (38th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He spent his first four seasons with Cleveland (2010-13), earning a Pro Bowl selection following the 2013 season, before joining Denver as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. In his career, he has started all 95 regular season games he has played in, totaling 545 tackles (28 for loss), 41 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, 8.5 sacks, eight interceptions (returned 211 yards, one touchdown) and three fumble recoveries. Ward has also started all four postseason contests he has played in, registering 19 tackles, three passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one interception. His postseason interception and fumble recovery each came in Super Bowl 50, helping secure a Broncos victory.
The team also announced that long snapper Garrison Sanborn has been re-signed and quarterback Ryan Griffin has been placed on Injured Reserve.