Michael Ford

Houston Texans, Cornerback
Age: 28-322d (Aug 04, 1995)
Exp: 7 Years
Country: US
College: Southeast Missouri State
Drafted: Undrafted, DET, 2018
Agent(s): Blaine Roche (Athletes First)
2024 Cap Hit

$1,985,294

2024 Cash

$2,500,000

Career Earnings

$5,814,151

2024-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Michael Ford signed a 2 year , $4,500,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including $1,000,000 signing bonus, $1,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,250,000. In 2024, Ford will earn a base salary of $1,250,000 and a signing bonus of $1,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $1,985,294 and a dead cap value of $1,500,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $4,500,000
Average Salary:
$2,250,000
Signing Bonus:
$1,000,000
GTD at Sign:
$1,500,000
Total GTD:
$1,500,000
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2024 29 $1,985,294 0.78% $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $1,500,000
POTENTIAL OUT: 2025, 1 YR, $2,500,000; $500,000 DEAD CAP
2025 30 $2,500,000 0.91% $2,000,000 $4,500,000 $500,000
2026 31
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Roster/Gm Bonus Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2024 29 $1,250,000 $500,000 $235,294 $1,985,294 0.78% $1,500,000
POTENTIAL OUT: 2025, 1 YR, $2,500,000; $500,000 DEAD CAP
2025 30 $1,750,000 $500,000 $250,000 $2,500,000 0.91% $500,000
2026 31
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 29 $1,250,000 $1,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,250,000
2025 30 $1,750,000 - $2,000,000 $4,500,000 $2,250,000 $2,000,000
Contract Notes
  • $1.5M guaranteed (signing bonus + $500,000 of salary)
  • Per Game Active Bonus: $14,705 ($250,000)
Source: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2023-2023 Free Agent

Michael Ford signed a 1 year , $1,500,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including $325,000 signing bonus, $925,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,500,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $1,500,000
Average Salary:
$1,500,000
Signing Bonus:
$325,000
GTD at Sign:
$925,000
Total GTD:
$925,000
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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2022-2022 Free Agent

Michael Ford signed a 1 year , $1,187,500 contract with the Atlanta Falcons, including $152,500 signing bonus, $152,500 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,187,500.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $1,187,500
Average Salary:
$1,187,500
Signing Bonus:
$152,500
GTD at Sign:
$152,500
Total GTD:
$152,500
Free Agent:
2023 / UFA
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2022-0

Michael Ford signed a 0 year contract with the Denver Broncos.
Contract Terms:
0 yr(s)
Signing Bonus:
N/A
GTD at Sign:
Total GTD:
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2021-2021 Extension

Michael Ford signed a 1 year , $1,200,000 contract with the Detroit Lions, including $250,000 signing bonus, $400,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,200,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $1,200,000
Average Salary:
$1,200,000
Signing Bonus:
$250,000
GTD at Sign:
$400,000
Total GTD:
$400,000
Free Agent:
2022 / UFA
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2020-2020

Michael Ford signed a 1 year , $750,000 contract with the Detroit Lions, including an average annual salary of $750,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $750,000
Average Salary:
$750,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
GTD at Sign:
Total GTD:
Free Agent:
2021 / RFA
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2018-2019

Michael Ford signed a 2 year , $1,050,000 contract with the Detroit Lions, including an average annual salary of $525,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $1,050,000
Average Salary:
$525,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
GTD at Sign:
Total GTD:
Free Agent:
2020 / ERFA
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2018-2020 Rookie

Michael Ford signed a 3 year , $1,717,500 contract with the Detroit Lions, including $7,500 signing bonus, $20,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $572,500.
Contract Terms:
3 yr(s) / $1,717,500
Average Salary:
$572,500
Signing Bonus:
$7,500
GTD at Sign:
$20,000
Total GTD:
$20,000
Free Agent:
2021 / RFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$5,814,151

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

4 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2018 23
Active
Retained
$197,645
$144,770
$197,645
$342,415
2019 24
Active
$570,000
$912,415
2020 25
Active
$764,236
$1,676,651
2021 26
Active
Retained
$1,200,000
$250,000
$2,876,651
$3,126,651
2022 27
Active
Retained
$1,035,000
$152,500
$4,161,651
$4,314,151
2023 28
Active
$1,500,000
$5,814,151
Total      
$5,814,151
$5,814,151
2024 29
Active
$2,500,000
2025 30
Active
$2,000,000
Total
$10,314,151
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2018
23
$197,645
$137,270
$7,500
$197,645
$144,770
$197,645
$342,415
2019
24
$570,000
$570,000
$912,415
2020
25
$644,120
$120,116
$764,236
$1,676,651
2021
26
$950,000
$250,000
$250,000
$1,200,000
$250,000
$2,876,651
$3,126,651
2022
27
$1,035,000
$152,500
$1,035,000
$152,500
$4,161,651
$4,314,151
2023
28
$1,175,000
$325,000
$1,500,000
$5,814,151
Total
$4,709,035
$985,000
$120,116
$5,814,151
$5,814,151
2024
29
$1,250,000
$1,000,000
$2,500,000
2025
30
$1,750,000
$2,000,000
Total
$7,709,035
$1,985,000
$120,116
$10,314,151

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
4 $1,549,035 $257,500 - - - $120,116 $1,926,651
1 $950,000 $250,000 - - - - $1,200,000
1 $1,035,000 $152,500 - - - - $1,187,500
1 $1,175,000 $325,000 - - - - $1,500,000

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2020 DET 1 - 6 Ankle
2021 DEN 6 - 8 Knee
2021 DEN 17 - 17 COVID-19
  • Mar 11, 2024 Signed a 2 year $4.5 million contract with Houston (HOU)
  • Mar 20, 2023 Signed a 1 year $1.5 million contract with Cleveland (CLE)
  • Aug 31, 2022 Released by Atlanta (ATL)
  • Apr 08, 2022 Signed a 1 year $1.18 million contract with Atlanta (ATL)
  • Sep 01, 2021 Claimed off waivers by Denver (DEN)
  • Aug 30, 2021 Released by Detroit (DET)
  • Mar 10, 2021 Signed a 1 year $1.2 million contract extension with Detroit (DET)
  • Mar 18, 2020 Signed a contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Nov 14, 2018 Signed to the active roster by Detroit (DET)
  • Sep 02, 2018 Signed to the practice squad by Detroit (DET)
  • Sep 02, 2018 Waived by Detroit (DET)
  • May 01, 2018 Signed a contract with Detroit (DET)
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sack Tackles Total Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted FFum Int
2023 CLE 16 1 160 16.10 19 16 3 1
2022 ATL 17 2 83 7.40 8 3 5
2021 DEN 13 205 23.10 6 6
2020 DET 9 1 96 12.30 12 9 3
2019 DET 14 2 166 15.30 12 11 1
2018 DET 7 4 316 71.80 26 25 1
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