Safety T.J. Ward, who last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Buccaneers, worked out Saturday for the Jaguars, ESPN reported .
Ward, 32, twice was selected to the Pro Bowl (2013, 2014) while playing with the Broncos and was a key piece in the team’s “No Fly Zone” secondary. He had seven tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in the Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers.
Ward intends to play this season, according to ESPN.
The Broncos released Ward in September 2017, three years into a four-year, $22.5 million contract. He signed a one-year deal with the Bucs soon after his release. The Broncos’ decision to go with a younger player did not sit well with Ward.
“You could have let me know what was going on,” Ward told reporters at the time . “You had a full offseason. I know it’s a business, but when you have good employees, you’re supposed to treat your employees a certain way. And I think they handled it completely unprofessional. That’s just my opinion.”
He played 12 games for the Bucs, starting five, but his time in Tampa was marred by an off-field issue. He was arrested in October 2017 and charged on a felony count of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. In January 2018 he was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court. But that summer, charges against Ward were dropped .
Ward, who has eight interceptions in his eight NFL seasons, did not play last year.
Ward was a second-round pick by the Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft, playing his first three NFL seasons in Cleveland.