The Texans have reached terms with running back Derrick Ward on a one-year contract for the 2011 season, according to The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. Per team policy, contract details were not revealed, although it’s doubtful that it’s too much money given that Ward is a backup.
Ward, who will be 31 before next season starts, averaged 6.3 yards a carry as Arian Foster’s chief handcuff. While he’s a little old to be depended on as a secondary back, the Texans will likely hand that role over to Ben Tate if he stays healthy. It’s a decent depth signing for the Texans, and a nice reward for “The Glacier” for some solid play last year.
If this doesn’t effectively end Steve Slaton’s career in Houston, I don’t know what else will. He’s behind three guys on the running back depth chart and according to Pro Football Focus, was the worst kick returner in the NFL last year. Happy trails, Stevie.
EDIT: McClain is now reporting the terms are $875,000 to sign and $875,000 in base salary, for a total of $1.77 million for one year. Maybe a slight overpayment, but after his last season, someone was going to have to do it.