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Old 03-02-2009, 08:34 PM    (permalink
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Per a league source, Ward has agreed to terms on a four-year, $17 million deal.

He’ll earn $6 million guaranteed in the first year, $9.25 million over the first two, and $13 million over the first three.

Yay we finally signed someone. Didn't he want a Michael Turner type deal? Looks like we got him for about half that.
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like i said already

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like i already said.

The Giants had 7 mil a year for Canty but not 4 for Ward. :(
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Wow, The Bucs are really trying to build up there offfense and taking the right steps to do so. Mark Sanchez anyone?
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like i already said.

The Giants had 7 mil a year for Canty but not 4 for Ward. :(
The Giants actually turned down Ward for $3 million a season.
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I really like this signing. Knocks off another need for the draft and moves us closer to the salary floor. Now we need to get crowell.
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Solid signing. A great safety net in case Cadillac isn't ready to go which is a high possibility. Hopefully he forms a nice 1-2-3 punch with Caddy and Earnest Graham.
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Well, this signing really puts the pressure of Cincinnati to bring back Cedric Benson. Not all too happy to see Ward slip away, as I think he will be a good starting RB. In Tampa Bay, though, he can platoon with Ernest Graham. Good pick-up for the Bucs and typical Bengals...
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Solid signing. A great safety net in case Cadillac isn't ready to go which is a high possibility. Hopefully he forms a nice 1-2-3 punch with Caddy and Earnest Graham.
How the hell is that gonna work out? One of the 3 is gonna get the short end of the stick. That's what I think.

Or 2 of the 3 will get injured and we'll be onto our 3rd stringer, like when we discovered Graham.
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Very solid signing by the Bucs imo need insurance incase Cadillac is done.
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like i already said.

The Giants had 7 mil a year for Canty but not 4 for Ward. :(
Yeah because we are high on Bradshaw and Ware. Worse comes to worse we draft a rookie as well. It would beyond foolish to have brought Ward back and pay that much for him.
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Didn't he want a Michael Turner type deal? Looks like we got him for about half that.
Well didn't Tuner get a 6 or 7 year deal? Still nice deal but I don't think he had any where close to the value Turner had in the eyes of teams around the NFL.
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like i already said.

The Giants had 7 mil a year for Canty but not 4 for Ward. :(
We didn't even take him back for three mil per, that should tell you how confident the staff is in Bradshaw, Ware and the offensive line covering up for his loss. Plus with us having plugged our holes at LB and DT there's still a good chance we take a RB in the draft.
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So is Cadillac officially a bust because of injuries or something?
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Hes just gets hurt to dam much. I dont think you can count on him
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Yeah because we are high on Bradshaw and Ware. Worse comes to worse we draft a rookie as well. It would beyond foolish to have brought Ward back and pay that much for him.
Maintaining the #1 run game in the NFL for 10 mil (apparently 9 as Ward wanted 3 a year from the Giants) a year is "beyond foolish"?
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Damn, low risk high reward signing for the Bucs. Very good deal for them, perfect compliment back for Cadillac and it doesn't cause a huge cap hit. I don't think Ward will be the same player he was though. He has some talent, but he doesn't have a monster of a man softening up the defense for him.
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I think Ward is really talented. I've been impressed with him since last year, and he should be able to run for 1,000 yards in his sleep as a full time starter.
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He is still going to split a bit with Earnest Graham.
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Derrick Ward and Earnest Graham are going to make a solid Duo. Very nice signing for Tampa, Liking what their doing with that Offense.
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Maintaining the #1 run game in the NFL for 10 mil (apparently 9 as Ward wanted 3 a year from the Giants) a year is "beyond foolish"?
Obviously the Giants and Reese feel the same way. Bradshaw is more explosive, better agility, younger, and can shake off more tackles. It is foolish to pay that much for a back when we have Bradshaw waiting. Even the little bit you see in Ware you can see his first 3 steps are explosive too. Why overpay a 29 year old when we can play and develop 2 younger backs? Clearly the Giants were thinking the same thing.
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i'm interested to see what he can do. I mean it's obvious a very LARGE percent of his success last year was running behind the Giants superb OL and running on tired D's from Jacobs trucking everyone, but kids got talent and I'm interested to see what he can do out of NY. good luck Ward, thanks for all your time here, wear that ring proud and make sure Ronde shows Tiki it...
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Obviously the Giants and Reese feel the same way. Bradshaw is more explosive, better agility, younger, and can shake off more tackles. It is foolish to pay that much for a back when we have Bradshaw waiting. Even the little bit you see in Ware you can see his first 3 steps are explosive too. Why overpay a 29 year old when we can play and develop 2 younger backs? Clearly the Giants were thinking the same thing.
3 million a year for a thousand yard running back (with 5.6 ypc) hasn't been overpay since Independence Day was in theaters.

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3 million a year for a thousand yard running back (with 5.6 ypc) hasn't been overpay since Independence Day was in theaters.
Yeah but he running behind an elite OL, and elite FB, and another RB who is helping the cause by hurting the defense before he comes in. When two backs go over 1,000 yards, that's mainly due to A) the running concepts involved, Power, Power G, G, Toss, Iso, and Lead and B) the talent of the OL. It was good to let him go and plug and chug with Bradshaw and Ware.
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