In news that will come as little surprise, the New York Giants are expected to re-sign defensive lineman Jihad Ward to a one-year deal.
ESPN Jordan Raanan was the first to report the transaction, although Ward himself had previously implied a deal was coming.
The Giants are re-signing veteran OLB Jihad Ward to a one-year deal, per source. A Wink Martindale favorite and locker room favorite. He had 43 tackles and 3.0 sacks last season.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 16, 2023
See y’all soon
— HADDY (@JIHADWARD17) March 16, 2023
The outspoken and often very loud Ward was a favorite among his teammates in 2022. He has also long been a favorite of defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
“He’s a physical, tough guy that is the character of what you’re looking for as a defensive player,” Martindale told reporters last season. “He sets the pace, especially in the run game on setting the edges, and he (takes) it personal … and that’s what has made him who he is. And wherever I’m at, I hope I have Jihad Ward with me.”
Uncle Wink, as Ward calls him, got his wish.
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