Derrick Ward was released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, putting him on the list for teams looking for veteran depth at running back.
It stands to reason the Rams and Raiders could be interested. The Broncos seem to take a look at every back that becomes available, while the Redskins have a mix of old (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) and young (Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams) behind Clinton Portis.
Coach Steve Spaguolo has a history with Ward, but it doesn’t sound as if the Rams would be interested, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He writes that Ward looks “awful on tape” and according to one league source, has looked “almost disinterested” during the preseason.
So, it sounds safe to believe the Rams won’t be signing Ward as they look to build depth behind Steven Jackson.
The picture of which teams are buying and selling at running back will become more clear after Saturday’s roster cutdown deadline to 53 players.