One of the final pieces to what was a solid offseason for the Cleveland Browns is in the final stages as the team and defensive star Myles Garrett are finalizing a five-year extension worth $125 million as first reported by NFL Network.
The extension won’t begin until the 2022 season but the two sides will be together through the 2026 once the deal is finalized and will total $144.8 million when you include the final two years of Garrett’s rookie contract. Garrett is guaranteed $50 million at signing and has $100 million in total guarantees, the most for a defensive player in league history.
Garrett has been an emerging superstar since the Browns selected him with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and when he’s on the field, he has proven that he was worthy of that selection. His 30.5 sacks since entering the league rank 11th and his 65 hits to the quarterback is tied for 13th.
Advanced statistics say that Garrett is even better than the basic statistics say. Pro Football Focus has Garrett with the highest pass-rush win rate since 2017 with 25.2% and is second among edge defenders in pass-rushing grade with a 91.2.
The 24-year-old has missed eleven games early in his three-year career due to a high ankle sprain in his rookie season and the infamous five-game suspension after he struck Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet last season but outside of those bumps in the road. Garrett has been a solid pro both on and off the field for the Browns.
With the uncertainty of the salary cap in the years to come due to the coronavirus pandemic and the likely hit in revenue this season, it made sense for both sides to get this deal done before the season began.
The Browns know Garrett is a cornerstone of the franchise and the best player on the defensive side of the ball and they needed to reward him for what he’s done and what he should do for the franchise moving forward. Garrett and his agent Bus Cook were also smart to get this done now with the uncertainty of what the salary cap could look like for the next several years that they needed to get it done now instead of holding off till next offseason.
It also gives the team the ability to start focusing on what they can do moving forward with a big offseason looming next year with potential extensions for Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, and Nick Chubb as well as potential contract restructures for Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. should they try to keep the majority of the core in-house for at least a few seasons if possible.
Add in the fact that no first-round pick since Joe Haden has made it to a second contract for the Browns just goes to show how special of a talent Myles Garrett is and should be for years to come.