Denzel Ward

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Browns, CB Age: 25-30d 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)

    Previous Contracts

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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
    4 seasons $3,955,698 $19,291,168 $6,178,490 - - - $92,547 $29,517,903
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $1,035,000 $20,000,000 - - - - - $21,035,000
    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
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,955,698 $19,291,168 $6,178,490 - - - $92,547 $29,517,903
  • Fines

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

      Entering the field for a fight against Pittsburgh (PIT)


    • TOTAL: $3,507

  • Transactions

    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)
  • 2022 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    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 52 52 51 3,239 - 1 186 151 35 2 10
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 5 yrs, $93,796,890
    • Avg. Salary: $18,759,378
    • NFL Rank: 42
    • CB Rank: 4

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2023
    • Avg. Salary: $7,291,339
    • NFL Rank: 290
    • CB Rank: 30

    Comparable Players

    We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Denzel Ward to.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    Marlon Humphrey 5 $97,500,000 $19,500,000 24
    Jalen Ramsey 5 $100,000,000 $20,000,000 25
    Tre'Davious White 4 $69,000,000 $17,250,000 25
    Marshon Lattimore 5 $97,603,000 $19,520,600 25
    Averages 4.8 $91,025,750 $19,163,316 24.8


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Ward's current age (25), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    6 $115,155,324 $19,192,554


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Ward statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: Games Played %, Tackles, Interceptions, Coverage Catch %, Rating

    Player GP% Tkl/GM INT/GM Cov Catch% Rating
    Marlon Humphrey 2018-2019, BAL 93.75 2.8 0.17 54.2 74.55
    Jalen Ramsey 2018-2019, LAR 87.5 3.82 0.14 59.75 72.15
    Tre'Davious White 2018-2019, BUF 96.88 2.97 0.26 56.55 68.3
    Marshon Lattimore 2019-2020, NO 87.5 3.5 0.11 57.25 60.65
    Average 91.41 3.27 0.17 56.94 68.91
    Denzel Ward 2020-2021 84.38 2.67 0.19 58.55 74.9
    % Change -7.69% -18.35% 11.76% -2.83% 8.69%
    Median Prime % Change -2.83%
    Average Prime % Change -1.68%


    Calculated Market Value: Denzel Ward

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    5 years, $93,796,890 $18,759,378