The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scheduled a visit with New York Giants free agent running back Derrick Ward.

Ward, 28, is scheduled to visit the Bucs on Tuesday. He reportedly is wrapping up a visit in Denver.

Sources close to the situation informed that Ward was not a player the Buccaneers were interested in signing when the free agency signing period began on Friday morning.

The Bucs have apparently had a change of heart in Ward, who rushed for 1,025 yards (5.1 avg.) and five touchdowns while catching a career-high 41 passes (9.4 avg.) and one touchdown in 2008.

The 5-foot-11, 228-pound Ward has carried the ball 342 times for 1,750 yards (5.1 avg.) and five touchdowns and caught 69 passes for 576 yards (8.3 avg.) and one score during his five-year career with the Giants. He has spent most of his career playing behind running backs Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs.

Ward also has return experience on special teams. He has averaged 23.1 yards per kickoff return and scored one touchdown on 40 attempts.

The Bucs, who released RB Warrick Dunn on Feb. 25, have also expressed interest in trading for Raiders RB Michael Bush.

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