Denzel Ward

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Browns, CB Age: 24-27d Exp: 3 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 4 year, $29,165,356 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $19,291,168 signing bonus, $29,165,356 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $7,291,339. In 2021, Ward will earn a base salary of $920,000 and a roster bonus of $3,707,094, while carrying a cap hit of $9,449,886 and a dead cap value of $9,279,886.

    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
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2018 Contract details by year 21 $480,000 $4,822,792 - $5,302,792 $29,165,356 $19,771,168($19,771,168)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $29,165,356 2018 Cap Savings: $-23,862,564 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $19,291,168 2018 Cap Savings: $-13,988,376 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $14,696,980 2019 Dead Cap: $14,468,376 2018 Cap Savings: $-9,394,188 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2019 Dead Cap: $14,468,376 2018 Cap Savings: $480,000
    2019 Contract details by year 22 $1,805,698 $4,822,792 - $6,628,490 $23,862,564 $1,832,658($21,603,826)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $23,862,564 2019 Cap Savings: $-17,234,074 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $14,468,376 2019 Cap Savings: $-7,839,886 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $14,216,980 2020 Dead Cap: $9,645,584 2019 Cap Savings: $-7,588,490 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2020 Dead Cap: $9,645,584 2019 Cap Savings: $1,805,698
    2020 Contract details by year 23 $750,000 $4,822,792 $2,471,396 $8,044,188 $17,234,074 $3,286,983($24,890,809)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $17,234,074 2020 Cap Savings: $-9,189,886 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $9,645,584 2020 Cap Savings: $-1,601,396 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $12,411,282 2021 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2020 Cap Savings: $-4,367,094 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2021 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2020 Cap Savings: $3,221,396
    2021 Contract details by year 24 $920,000 $4,822,792 $3,707,094 $9,449,886 $9,279,886 $4,627,094($29,517,903)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $9,279,886 2021 Cap Savings: $170,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2021 Cap Savings: $4,627,094 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $9,279,886 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $170,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $4,822,792 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $4,627,094
    2022 Contract details by year 25 $13,294,000 - - $13,294,000 $13,294,000 $13,294,000($42,811,903)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $13,294,000 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $13,294,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $13,294,000 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $13,294,000
    2023 Free Agent Year 26 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • Fully Guaranteed
    • 5th-year option available (exercised)
    • salaries may contain offsetting roster bonuses (unconfirmed)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.
  • 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 $13,294,000 - - - - - - $13,294,000
    $17,249,698 $19,291,168 $6,178,490 - - - $92,547 $42,811,903
    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 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)
  • 2021 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Denzel Ward ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2021 CLE 7 7 7 357 0.5 24 17 7
    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 44 44 43 2,740 - 1 167 134 33 2 7
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 4 yrs, $74,255,168
    • Avg. Salary: $18,563,792
    • NFL Rank: 39
    • CB Rank: 3

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2023
    • Avg. Salary: $7,291,339
    • NFL Rank: 293
    • CB Rank: 29

    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
    Jalen Ramsey 5 $100,000,000 $20,000,000 25
    Marlon Humphrey 5 $97,500,000 $19,500,000 24
    Tre'Davious White 4 $69,000,000 $17,250,000 25
    Byron Jones 5 $82,500,000 $16,500,000 27
    Averages 4.8 $87,250,000 $18,368,421 25.3


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Ward's current age (24), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    7 $126,121,289 $18,017,327


    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
    Jalen Ramsey 2018-2019, LAR 87.5 3.82 0.14 59.75 72.95
    Marlon Humphrey 2018-2019, BAL 93.75 2.8 0.17 54.2 77.05
    Tre'Davious White 2018-2019, BUF 96.88 2.97 0.26 56.55 67.2
    Byron Jones 2018-2019, MIA 96.88 2.97 0 54.8 79.45
    Average 93.75 3.14 0.14 56.33 74.16
    Denzel Ward 2019-2020 81.48 3.18 0.18 51.15 72.7
    % Change -13.09% 1.27% 28.57% 9.20% -1.97%
    Median Prime % Change 1.27%
    Average Prime % Change 4.80%


    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
    4 years, $74,255,168 $18,563,792