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Reports: Browns sign CB Denzel Ward to $100.5M extension

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Nov 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) intercepts the ball from Detroit Lions wide receiver Josh Reynolds (8) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are making Denzel Ward the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

Ward agreed Monday to a five-year, $100.5 million extension with $71.25 million guaranteed, per multiple reports.

Agent Tory Dandy of CAA Sports confirmed the deal with ESPN.

Ward, who turns 25 on April 28, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and earned his second Pro Bowl selection in 2021.

He registered three interceptions in 15 starts last season, including a 99-yard pick-six at Cincinnati in Week 9.

Ward has 10 interceptions, 50 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and 186 tackles in 52 games (51 starts).

The average annual value (AAV) of the extension is $20.1 million, edging Jalen Ramsey of the Rams ($20 million), Marshon Lattimore of the Saints ($19.52 million) and Marlon Humphrey of the Ravens ($19.5 million) for the highest among NFL cornerbacks, according to Spotrac.

Ward was due to earn a base salary of $13.3 million in 2022 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

–Field Level Media