Originally written on State of the Texans  |  Last updated 10/20/14

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13: Running back Derrick Ward #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against the New York Jets during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
In this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….   Released in August 2010, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derrick Ward was brought to Houston at the beginning of the 2010 season to become insurance for the injured Steve Slaton. Ward was buried in the depth chart in 2010 with the emergence of Arian Foster, and in 2011 he was the third string back throughout the season.   Ward contributed on special teams, kickoff, and even was the 2011 opening day running back for the Texans against the Indianapolis Colts. In two seasons with the Texans Ward appeared in 28 games and started only one. He had 95 attempts for 469 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, but his biggest contribution had to be the mentorship of Foster, and Ben Tate.   Foster has made it known the Ward is a big reason for where he is today, and it feels like Ward is a great locker room presence. At the age of 31, Ward is getting to the age where the Texans will have to make a decision. On March 3rd the Texans resigned Ward to a one year deal to stay with the Texans.   Unfortunately it looks like the Texans will be in position to get younger at the back up running spot and learn from Foster and Tate, and find them at a cheaper rate. Once again age and money play a huge factor, and Ward looks like he might be looking for work somewhere else.   Chance Returning to Houston: Not likely.   Look for other Contract Talk Profiles coming out in the coming day. Follow us on Twitter.
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