Browns CB Ward to pay mom’s mortgage with first check

The Sports Xchange

May 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward thought of a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Ward, who was the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, revealed just how he’d spend his first paycheck.

“I’m paying for her mortgage on her house,” the 21-year-old Ohio native said on NFL Network’s Total Access, per Cleveland.com. “I’m paying her house off so she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.”

Ward has yet to sign his rookie contract, although he’ll receive a fully guaranteed four-year deal worth more than $29 million — including a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $19 million.

Nicole Ward wrote a heartfelt letter to Ward on draft night, telling her son how proud she was and also that his father was celebrating in heaven. Paul Ward died unexpectedly during a spin class in 2016.

As for Denzel Ward, the 5-foot-11, 183-pounder projects as an immediate starter on the left side for the Browns.

Ward, who has the speed to stay with the top receivers in the NFL, intercepted two passes in each of the last two seasons at Ohio State.