HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Denver Broncos safety T. J. Ward visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )

Former Super Bowl champion has reportedly been arrested


The 2017 season was not a banner year for T.J. Ward on the field and, if nothing else, his 2018 isn't off to a beautiful start. The three-time Pro Bowl and one-time Super Bowl champion safety was arrested in Tampa and that arrest came as a result of charges of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

ProFootballTalk cites the arrest record itself and it indicates that Ward was released after "he did not occupy a jail cell" along with the reported $2,500 bond.

The 2017 season was utterly forgettable for the once-dominant defensive back, as the now 31-year-old played in only 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while appearing largely in a reserve role. This stands in stark contrast to previous years, with Ward reaching the Pro Bowl for both the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos and helping the Broncos to a Super Bowl win.

It will be interesting to see if the arrest itself will cost Ward in terms of his upcoming free agency or even if it produces a fine or suspension once he lands with a new team. Regardless, this is not the way that anyone would want to begin the new year, especially after what anyone would describe as sub-optimal circumstances for the last several months.