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Former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward signed a four-year, $17 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, an NFL source said.

The deal includes $6 million guaranteed, and $9.25 million in the first two years.

Ward rushed for 1,025 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season as Brandon Jacobs' backup.

He's expected to take over the starting role for the Bucs this coming season.

Ward was a seventh-round pick in 2004.

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