T.J. Ward, S – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When former Denver Bronco safety T.J. Ward was released back in early September, the Dallas Cowboys likely believed they had a talented duo already set with Byron Jones and Jeff Heath. So why pursue Ward? Seven weeks into the regular season, and Dallas likely thinks differently.
The 30-year old Ward was on the open market for a single day. Then, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scooped him up, signing the three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion to a one-year, $5 million contract.
But Ward recently expressed his frustrations publicly about his lack of playing time in Tampa Bay. That could open the door for a possible trade for the unhappy veteran. In Dallas, Ward would be an instant upgrade over Heath. And a lack of playing time would unlikely be an issue.
As for Dallas, they are expected to be awarded the maximum amount of compensatory selections allowed in the 2018 NFL Draft due to their numerous free agency losses this offseason. So, the Cowboys have plenty of ammunition to pursue trades.
Adding a veteran like T.J. Ward to the inexperienced secondary in Dallas seems like a perfect fit. The Cowboys would have a stabilizing force in the backfield and a mentor for their slew of young defensive backs.