After eight seasons spent with three teams, running back Derrick Ward said Tuesday that his NFL career has come to an end.
To all my fans just wanted to let u know its been a great ride the last 9yrs but I'm calling it a career. I thank u all for believing in me!- Derrick Ward (@DerrickWard32) July 3, 2012
Ward spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans, but made it clear last month his run with the team is over. The rise of Arian Foster and Ben Tate didn't help Ward's cause in a crowded backfield.
His most productive years were spent with the New York Giants, who picked up Ward in 2004. He and Brandon Jacobs both topped 1,000 yards in New York in 2008, but Ward hasn't rushed for more than 500 yards in a season since. He spent the 2009 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before heading to Houston.
The league-wide demand for 31-year-old running backs is at an all-time low, but this might not be the end for Ward.
Nobody's calling today, but a rash of injuries could make Ward a candidate for work later this summer. If he does receive another shot, Ward will remain a supporting character, and nothing more. It might not be enough to lure him back.