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Ward Starting to Evaluate

From NJ.com:

“After the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs last Sunday, Derrick Ward’s first priority was taking a physical and mental break from football on the beaches of Miami. But when next week comes, the running back — who is due to become a free agent this offseason — will begin to mull his NFL future.

“I just wanted to have some ‘Me’ time, take my mind off the game,” Ward said tonight at an autograph signing at SportsPlace in Fanwood. “Then next week, start the evaluation process.”

Ward said he hasn’t yet had any conversations with the Giants and there haven’t been any negotiations — though he added that it is still early. He can’t be contacted by any other team until free agency begins at the end of next month.

Ward, who rushed for 1,025 yards as the Giants’ No. 1-B running back behind Brandon Jacobs, would like the chance to be a featured back — which may wind up being elsewhere. While Ward said he’d like to return to the Giants for a “fair offer,” his best bet could be on the open market, especially with Jacobs’ contract with the team also up.

As Ward and Jacobs surged toward becoming the NFL’s fourth tandem of running backs to top 1,000 yards, Ward was the one who kept track of the stats, so it’s not surprising he has also kept on top of which teams in the league could use a new No. 1 rusher.

“I pay attention to everything,” Ward said. “There are a few teams that could use a featured back. It would be nice to be a part of something I could feel comfortable with and the team could feel comfortable with.”

ESPN thinks that this is a sign he is headed elsewhere:

New York Giants running back Derrick Ward wants a chance to start, and that’s not going to happen with his current club. He would have a much better shot with teams such as the Browns or Texans. Ward would be wise to think about the great situation he has with Brandon Jacobs, but he’ll probably find a lot more money on the open market.

He told the Star-Ledger on Tuesday that he would return to the Giants for a “fair offer,” but he and general manager Jerry Reese may have wildly different opinions on what that figure might be. Here’s the quote that pretty much indicates Ward’s read to move on:

“I pay attention to everything,” Ward said. “There are a few teams that could use a featured back. It would be nice to be a part of something I could feel comfortable with and the team could feel comfortable with.”

Sounds to me like Ward might be heading elsewhere this offseason. We will definetly monitoring the situation.

 


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