The second-round tender is worth $3.384 million for the 2021 season and would have given the Chiefs a second-round pick if they declined to match an offer sheet from another team.
Ward, 24, wound up signing on with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State back in 2018. He signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Cowboys but was traded during training camp to the Chiefs.
He’ll be a unrestricted free agent in 2022.
In 2020, Ward appeared in 14 games for the Chiefs and recorded 51 tackles, one sack, no interceptions and six pass defenses.