When the Cleveland Browns drafted Myles Garrett first overall in 2017 they believed they were getting a premier pass-rusher, and now, they have locked Garrett up to a big extension, tying him to the team through 2026.
This deal is a five-year extension that will kick in starting in 2021. The overall value of the deal is $125 million, with at least $100 million of that being guaranteed. Garrett is also guaranteed $50 million at signing. Needless to say, Cleveland is going all-in on Garrett.
Myles Garrett Gets a Big Extension
It’s tough to justify giving a non-quarterback at least $20 million per season in guaranteed money for more than really two years. However, Garrett has lived up to his first overall pick potential.
In his first three seasons Garrett has made a Pro-Bowl and has recorded 30.5 sacks. On top of that, he is perhaps coming off of his best season so far. In 2019 he only played 10 games on a team that went 6-10 and while being the main focus of opposing teams’ pass-protection on an average pass-rush unit as a whole, Garrett still managed to rack up 10 sacks.
He did of course have the suspension at the end of the season when he lost his temper and hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet. While that incident was horrific, Cleveland is clearly ready to put it in the past.
Again, paying a non-quarterback this amount of money doesn’t usually pay off in the win column. With that being said, Cleveland has a good amount of cap space and will have even more cap space available going into next season when this new contract kicks in. And now, Garrett isn’t going anywhere and if Cleveland decides to pay Baker Mayfield before next season, there will be some cap casualties and Cleveland has good candidates for that. But in the meantime, they have more than enough cap space to make this deal and not have to get rid of other highly-paid players.
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