The Browns have a some more time with Ward, because he was first-round pick, he comes with a fifth-round option. That said, the time to work on an extension starts next summer, when the Browns’ front office becomes eligible to extend the former Buckeye.
Injuries are the big question mark surrounding Ward, but when he’s on the field, the former No. 4 overall pick produces.
If you’re looking to get in the NFL and you’re a defensive player, you either want to be an sack machine end or a corner, as these are the positions that command a mountain of cash.
Even Patriots coach Bill Bellihick, a man who’s built a reputation on trading players earlier, rather than later, just inked his corner, Stephon Gilmore, a to a five-year pact worth $65 million ($31 million guaranteed).
If the Browns don’t re-sign Ward, then they’ll be back in the draft looking for a new corner. That’s not what good team, do, though. If he’s healthy and playing like a top corner, pay him like a top corner. For the record, I don’t anticipate this being a problem.
The Yankees had the “Core 4” when they were winning World Series in the early 2000s behind Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettite. For the Browns, that list would include Garrett, Chubb Ward and…