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Charvarius Ward signs second-round contract tender

Ward is entering his fourth season as a Chiefs cornerback.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward has signed his restricted free agent contract tender for the 2021 season, ensuring that he will be with the Chiefs for the coming season.

Back on March 17, Ward was extended an original-round restricted free agent contract tender. This meant that he was free to seek a position with another team — but the Chiefs would have the right to match any offer to retain him. Under the terms of this one-year RFA deal he’s signed, he will earn $3.4 million this season.

Ward, 25, is entering his fourth season with the Chiefs. He first joined the team when he was traded from the Dallas Cowboys for offensive guard Parker Ehinger just before the beginning of the 2018 season. He had been signed as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State that spring.

Since then, Ward has appeared in 43 Chiefs games, starting 31 of them. He’s accumulated 155 tackles (120 solo, one for loss), a sack and a forced fumble, two interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

Reporters have not been present to observe all of Kansas City’s voluntary organized team activity (OTA) sessions — but when they were allowed to watch practices on the last two Thursdays, Ward was not among those on the field.