Chiefs CB Charvarius Ward signs restricted free agent contract tender

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The Kansas City Chiefs have officially signed their final restricted free agent.

According to reporting from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chiefs fourth-year CB Charvarius Ward has officially signed his restricted free agent contract tender. Ward was tendered at the second-round level this offseason, which means that he’ll earn $3.384 million in 2021 with Kansas City.

The Chiefs originally added Ward in 2018 in a trade sending Parker Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys. It was criticized at the time, but Ward has developed into a solid piece for Kansas City. He was a starter opposite Bashaud Breeland in each of the past two seasons and he’s primed for a breakout during a contract year.

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Ward had been absent at organized team activities (OTAs) so far. We’ll see if his contract status changes anything in the final days of practice. Ward was one of the most notable absences from OTAs because he was really the only player who could possibly have a contract grievance with the team. As a starter for the past two seasons, it’s possible that he was holding out hope for a long-term deal. OTAs are voluntary, so he could still stay away until mandatory minicamp begins next week.

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