Buccaneers' T.J. Ward has drug charges dropped

T.J Ward (Getty Images)

T.J. Ward can enter the upcoming season with a clean slate.

The drug charges against the free-agent safety stemming from his arrest last year have been dropped, according to Hillsborough County court records.

Ward had faced a felony count of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ward was initially arrested Oct. 25 while playing with the Buccaneers. Although he was not home at the time, a woman allowed police to enter his apartment when they responded to an alarm and claimed the 99.9 grams of marijuana seen “in plain view” belonged to Ward.

The woman, identified in the report as Ciera Woody, later claimed the marijuana was hers and faced the same felony possession charge.

Ward was then arrested Jan. 3 on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Ward, 31, signed a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Bucs in September 2017 following his release from the Broncos. He started just five games for Tampa Bay last season.