The Cleveland Browns and star end Myles Garrett are talking a new contract, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. This is not surprising given the comments earlier this offseason from general manager Andrew Berry stating the Browns want Garrett around for a long time.
Garrett has produced 30.5 sacks in just 37 games in his career and has yet to play a full 16 games. He has also provided, per Pro Football Reference, 77 pressures, 23 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles the last two years. Garrett is already one of the most fear pass-rushers in the NFL and has yet to hit his ceiling talent-wise. Getting ahead of the curve on signing Garrett is a brilliant move by Berry. No matter how big the contract is now, it would be significantly more money if the Browns waited or had to franchise tag the young star later. This move also allows the Browns to focus on their other young stars in the future. Knowing Garrett’s financial numbers in 2021 and beyond makes it easier to monitor the cap situation.
Currently, the highest paid pass-rusher on the market is Bears All-Pro Khalil Mack at $23.5 million per year. If the Browns are to get a deal in place now, they will likely need to be very close to, if not exceed, that number to get Garrett to sign. That may seem like a lot at the moment, but if Garrett were to have an MVP or Defensive Player of the year type season within the next two years, his price could skyrocket closer to $30 million a year. This number is especially valid if life resumes to normal in the world over the next two years.
Berry lining up talks on an extension with Myles Garrett is smart and should allow the Browns to come away with a contract that benefits the team in the long run. While waiting may be in Myles’s best interest, some players want the stability of a long term deal. We will all just have to wait and see where these talks go over the rest of the summer.
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