The Bucs went ahead and signed free agent Derrick Ward away from the Giants last off-season hoping to bolster their weak rushing attack after letting future Hall of Famer Warrick Dunn go via free agency.
Ward was the other half of the Giants duo to rush for over 1,000 yards. He did so on only 182 carries.
Ward is leaving a great offensive unit and going to a depleted Bucs team that is in complete rebuilding mode after barely missing the playoffs after the 2008 season.
Ward thrived in New York, but I can't see him doing the same in Tampa Bay. They gave him a descent size contract, but I think the lack of talent around him could cause trouble for him in 2009.
Earnest Graham has been a solid running back option the last two seasons, but both were cut short due to injuries.
He had 563 yards on the ground in ten games last season, but as a third running back option next season, he probably won't come anywhere near that mark again.
Cadillac Williams has battled injuries throughout his four-year career, but he finally looks healthy and could provide valuable backup to Ward who hasn't been an everyday back before.
Williams will look to regain his rookie season form and rid himself of the ever so popular bust label.
Ward: 1,068 yards, 246 carries, 4.3 yards per carry, 6 touchdowns
30 receptions, 220 yards, 1 touchdown
Williams: 479 yards, 114 carries, 4.2 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns
41 receptions, 341 yards, 2 touchdowns
Graham: 137 yards, 36 carries, 3.8 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns
6 receptions, 43 yards, 0 touchdowns