Denzel Ward

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Browns, CB Age: 25-219d Exp: 5 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#4 overall), 2018 College: Ohio State Agent(s): Tory Dandy, Jimmy Sexton (CAA Sports)

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  • Current Contract

    Denzel Ward signed a 5 year, $100,500,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $20,000,000 signing bonus, $71,250,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $20,100,000. In 2022, Ward will earn a base salary of $1,035,000 and a signing bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,035,000 and a dead cap value of $26,100,000.

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $100,500,000
    Signing Bonus $20,000,000
    Average Salary $20,100,000
    Total Guarantees $71,250,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $44,500,000
    Free Agent: 2028 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Option Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2022 Contract details by year 25 $1,035,000 $4,000,000 - - $5,035,000 $26,100,000 $21,035,000($21,035,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $26,100,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-21,065,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $20,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-14,965,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $10,100,000 2023 Dead Cap: $16,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-5,065,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2023 Dead Cap: $16,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $1,035,000
    2023 Contract details by year 26 $4,041,000 $4,000,000 $600,000 $3,680,000 $12,321,000 $39,465,000 $23,041,000($44,076,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $39,465,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-27,144,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $34,400,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-22,079,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $12,745,000 2024 Dead Cap: $26,720,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-424,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2024 Dead Cap: $26,720,000 2023 Cap Savings: $4,641,000
    2024 Contract details by year 27 $15,324,000 $4,000,000 $600,000 $3,680,000 $23,604,000 $27,744,000 $15,924,000($60,000,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $27,744,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-4,140,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $26,720,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-3,116,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $8,704,000 2025 Dead Cap: $19,040,000 2024 Cap Savings: $14,900,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2025 Dead Cap: $19,040,000 2024 Cap Savings: $15,924,000
    2025 Contract details by year 28 $13,476,000 $4,000,000 $600,000 $3,680,000 $21,756,000 $19,040,000 $14,076,000($74,076,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $19,040,000 2025 Cap Savings: $2,716,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $19,040,000 2025 Cap Savings: $2,716,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2026 Dead Cap: $11,360,000 2025 Cap Savings: $14,076,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2026 Dead Cap: $11,360,000 2025 Cap Savings: $14,076,000

    Potential Out: 2026, 4 yr, $74,076,000; $11,360,000 dead cap

    2026 Contract details by year 29 $16,900,000 $4,000,000 $3,100,000 $3,680,000 $27,680,000 $11,360,000 $20,000,000($94,076,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $11,360,000 2026 Cap Savings: $16,320,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $11,360,000 2026 Cap Savings: $16,320,000 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2026 Cap Savings: $20,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $7,680,000 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2026 Cap Savings: $20,000,000
    2027 Contract details by year 30 $17,400,000 - $3,100,000 $3,680,000 $24,180,000 $3,680,000 $20,500,000($114,576,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2027 Cap Savings: $20,500,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2027 Cap Savings: $20,500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $20,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $3,680,000 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $20,500,000
    2028 Free Agent Year 31 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $44.5M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2022 salary + 2023 salary + 2023 option bonus + $1.024M of 2024 salary)
    • Remaining $14.3M of 2024 salary fully guarantees on the 3rd league day of 2023 (injury guaranteed at signing)
    • $12.45M of 2025 salary fully guarantees on the 3rd league day of 2024
    • 2023 Option Bonus: $18.4M (guaranteed)
    • 2026 Roster Bonus: $2.5M (3rd league day of 2026)
    • 2027 Roster Bonus: $2.5M (3rd league day of 2027)
    • Per Game Active Bonus: $35,294 ($600,0000)

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    2018-2022Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $29,165,356
    Signing Bonus $19,291,168
    Average Salary $7,291,339
    Total Guarantees $29,165,356
    Guaranteed at Signing $29,165,356
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $480,000 $19,291,168 - - - - - $19,771,168
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,805,698 - - - - - $26,960 $1,832,658
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $750,000 - $2,471,396 - - - $65,587 $3,286,983
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $920,000 - $3,707,094 - - - - $4,627,094
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $1,035,000 $20,000,000 - - - - - $21,035,000
    5 seasons $4,990,698 $39,291,168 $6,178,490 - - - $92,547 $50,552,903
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $4,041,000 - $600,000 - - $18,400,000 - $23,041,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $15,324,000 - $600,000 - - - - $15,924,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $13,476,000 - $600,000 - - - - $14,076,000
    2026 Player Cash Earnings $16,900,000 - $3,100,000 - - - - $20,000,000
    2027 Player Cash Earnings $17,400,000 - $3,100,000 - - - - $20,500,000
    $72,131,698 $39,291,168 $14,178,490 - - $18,400,000 $92,547 $144,093,903
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    5 seasons Player Cash Earnings $4,990,698 $39,291,168 $6,178,490 - - - $92,547 $50,552,903
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/07/2022, $10,609

      Excessive Face Mask against Atlanta (ATL)


    • Player contract details by year 11/22/2019, $3,507

      Entering the field for a fight against Pittsburgh (PIT)


    • TOTAL: $14,116

  • Transactions

    Oct 7 2022Fined $10,609 Excessive Face Mask against Atlanta (ATL)
    Apr 18 2022Signed a 5 year $100.5 million contract extension with Cleveland (CLE)
    Apr 23 2021Cleveland (CLE) exercised a $13.294 million option for 2022
    Nov 22 2019Fined $3,507 Entering the field for a fight against Pittsburgh (PIT)
    Jul 25 2018Signed a 4 year $29.1 million contract with Cleveland (CLE)
    Apr 26 2018Drafted by Cleveland (CLE): Round 1 (#4 overall)
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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2022 CLE 7 7 7 388 67.4 32 26 6 1
    2021 CLE 15 15 15 856 76.6 0.5 43 34 9 3
    2020 CLE 12 12 12 775 72.0 46 38 8 1 2
    2019 CLE 12 12 12 767 70.5 44 38 6 2
    2018 CLE 13 13 12 841 71.4 53 41 12 1 3
    Totals 59 59 58 3,627 - 1 218 177 41 2 11