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

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

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

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rushes back to the locker room after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

Browns Extras 10

Reports: Browns pick up ’22 options for Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward

The Cleveland Browns will pick up the fifth-year options on quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward, locking up both through the 2022 season, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Mayfield was the No. 1 overall draft pick and Ward the fourth in 2018. The Browns’ move had been expected.

Under figures established by the NFL, Mayfield will earn $18.858 million and Ward $13.294 million.

Mayfield, 26, has a 23-22 record as a starter in the regular season, including an 11-5 record last season. In 2020, he completed 62.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards to go with 26 touchdowns and a career-low eight interceptions.

He led the Browns to an upset 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wildcard playoffs. Cleveland lost to Kansas City 22-17 in the divisional round.

Ward, a local product, will turn 24 next week. In 37 career games (36 starts), he has made 143 tackles and seven interceptions, scored one touchdown, forced two fumbles and recovered three. He was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) breaks up a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Browns activate CBs Denzel Ward, Kevin Johnson

Cleveland Browns cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson have been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Wednesday.

Ward and Johnson sat out Cleveland’s 24-22 win over Pittsburgh in the season finale on Jan. 3 as well as the 48-37 victory over the Steelers in the AFC wild-card round last Sunday.

Their expected returns in the AFC divisional-round game will be a welcome one, considering the upstart Browns are visiting Patrick Mahomes and the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs.

Ward, 23, recorded an NFL-best 16 passes defensed to go along with 46 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 12 games this season. He has 143 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 37 career games (36 starts) since being selected by Cleveland with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ward was selected to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season.

Johnson, 28, has collected 35 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games (six starts) this season for the Browns. He has 199 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 64 career games (25 starts) with the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Browns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) reacts after a pass play to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Browns CB Ward (calf) to miss a few games

Cleveland Browns standout cornerback Denzel Ward is expected to miss a few weeks with a calf strain, according to reports Tuesday.

Ward played every snap in last week’s 22-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Ward recorded his second interception of the season and impacted Eagles QB Carson Wentz on the play that resulted in a pick-six by Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki.

Ward, 23, has started every game but one in his 35 games with the Browns. Cleveland selected Ward No. 4 overall in the 2018 draft out of Ohio State, and he was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

Ward has an NFL-leading 15 passes defensed this season to go with the two picks and a forced fumble. He has 37 tackles.

The Browns also will be without star defensive end Myles Garrett again this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to COVID-19 protocols. Garrett was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Friday.

–Field Level Media