Derrick Ward Leaves Giants, Signs with Bucs after Breakout 2008 Season

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2009

I have officially learned something new today about the NFL—one good season can change your life for the better.

Don't believe me? Ask former Giants running back Derrick Ward, who rushed for 1,025 yards for the G-Men in 2008, then cashed in on a four-year, $17 million contract with the Tampa Bay Bucs on Monday.

It will be interesting to see how Ward turns out, as some might figure him to be a one-hit wonder. Tampa Bay has had many running backs over the years, including Cadillac Williams, who, since his injury, has never been the same.

I'm sure many Giants fans are upset about the situation, and they should be. The G-Men had a great core of RBs last season, and many fans wonder how this move affects both teams.

So, where do both teams go from here?

The Giants need to find an answer at WR. With Plaxico not wanting to return to the G-Men, and questions about Toomer's future, WR is their biggest need.

Meanwhile, the Bucs still need an answer at QB. Do they go after a Donovan McNabb, or look elsewhere? Since the Gruden departure, it's been nothing but good news in South Florida.


Matt Miselis is a football and baseball writer for