Cleveland Browns make Denzel Ward NFL’s top-paid CB with five-year, $100.5 million extension

The Cleveland Browns are signing Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward to a five-year, $100.5 million contract extension that features $71.25 million assured, Tory Dandy of CAA Sports, who negotiated the contract, instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At age 24, Ward is now the highest-paid cornerback in NFL historical past. The $20.1 million common annual wage places him forward of Jalen Ramsey, who had been the highest-paid cornerback at $20 million per season on the deal he signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020.

Ramsey congratulated Ward on his new deal, tweeting: “I been ready on someone else to the touch that 100 membership & you DEFINITELY DESERVE IT @denzelward … congrats.”

Ward is now underneath contract with the Browns for six extra years, by means of the 2027 season. He is underneath contract for $13.294 million this season after the Browns exercised the fifth-year possibility on his contract final yr.

The Browns chosen Ward fourth total in 2018, the identical draft the workforce chosen quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 total. Ward acquired a second contract from the Browns, however Mayfield and the franchise are headed for a separation after Cleveland traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson and signed him to a completely assured five-year, $230 million extension.

Ward has been chosen to 2 Pro Bowls in his first 4 seasons — his rookie yr in 2018, and in 2021.

He has 10 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and 50 passes defended in 52 video games.


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