It took less than 24 hours for former Super Bowl champion defensive back T.J. Ward to find work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being released by the Denver Broncos earlier this week. That came as no surprise given Ward’s vast experience and skill level but, in the aftermath of his release, Ward did not hold back in the slightest in discussing the Broncos and what he termed as “unfortunate” treatment.
Here is what Ward had to say to James Palmer of NFL Media (via ProFootballTalk):
“It’s unfortunate the way they handled the situation. But it is what it is. And they got to live with it. I got to live with it. And we’ll see what happens, but I’m going to make sure I land on my feet. That’s just me. And whatever happens to them, the [expletive] happens to them. That’s on them.”
“You could have let me know what was going on. You had a full offseason. I know it’s a business, but when you have good employees, you’re supposed to treat your employees a certain way. And I think they handled it completely unprofessional. That’s just my opinion.”
Ward is clearly miffed by the treatment and, while it is worth noting that this is only one side of the story, he appears to have reason to. There was plenty of buzz about Denver and the team’s reported shopping of Ward on the trade market before cutting him but, at the same time, he is too good of a player to be languishing on the free agent wire and that came to fruition in a hurry.