Former Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward works out for Raiders

Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward is working out for the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Las Vegas Raiders are working out a familiar face for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday with the report that defensive end Tim Ward is visiting with the AFC West rival.

Ward was a product out of Old Dominion when he first turned the heads of Chiefs scouts with a career that put up over 30 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks. From there, he signed a deal as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City in the hopes of impressing the team in rookie minicamp and into the team’s preseason activities.

The Chiefs were able to stash Ward as a developmental prospect on the non-football injury list during his first season in the league. During the 2020 preseason, Ward impressed the team enough to land on the practice squad in his second year, a sign he’d made progress. His patience was rewarded when the team promoted him down the stretch to the active roster.

Ward got a bit of playing time in Week 17 of that 2020 campaign and came up big with 5 tackles and 1 sack. It gave him some momentum heading into the 2021 offseason, but the Chiefs would part ways with him again at active roster cuts, and this time, Ward was claimed by the New York Jets.

Ward was able to play in 11 games for Robert Saleh’s Jets last season but it was only on rare rotational reps and he failed to catch on. He put up 12 tackles but failed to put up a single sack. The Jets held onto him through this past offseason until they released him in late August.

Ward has been a free agent ever since his release.