Prosecutors drop drug charges against NFL safety T.J. Ward


Florida prosecutors have dropped drug charges against free-agent safety T.J. Ward, according to online court records.

Ward, who became a free agent in March after spending last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested in January on charges of cannabis possession, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The charges were dismissed Thursday, according to Hillsborough County court records.

“There were numerous issues with the case, and the state did the right thing and dropped the charges,” Ward’s attorney Stephen Romine told The Tampa Bay Times.

Ward, 31, started his career with the Cleveland Browns and won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. A two-time Pro Bowler, he joined the Buccaneers on a one-year, $5-million deal and made five starts for Tampa Bay last season.

By: Tom Schad, USA Today