Denzel Ward hopes for contract extension, long career in Cleveland

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Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, and the Browns have said they see Ward as a big part of their future. Ward hopes that proves to be the case.

Ward said today that his agent and the team have talked about a contract extension, but that he’s not letting that become a distraction for him and he’s focusing on the field while seeing if his agent can get a long-term deal done. Ideally, Ward said, he’d stay in Cleveland for life.

“In a perfect world, I’d definitely want to be a Brown for my entire career,” Ward said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns have Ward under contract for a $9.45 million salary cap this year, and his fifth year option pays him $13.29 million in 2022. He can hit free agency in March of 2023, but it’s likely that he and the Browns will come to an agreement well before then.