Reports are surfacing that the Cleveland Browns and Myles Garrett are closing in on an extension in the 5-year $125 million range. Per Jake Trotter of ESPN, Myles could sign the deal as early as tomorrow. If you include the two years left on his current deal, the total contract is 7-years $144 million. This move is a no brainer for the new front office not only because of how good Garrett is but the deal he is taking. He would become the highest-paid defensive end in the
Why is signing Garrett a no brainer?
Garrett, taken number one overall in 2017, has been as good as advertised since joining the Browns. Over his first three seasons, he has terrorized quarterbacks to the tune of 30.5 sacks. Last season Garrett stepped up and was labeled, per the data in Nick Shooks NFL.com article, as the most disruptive force in the NFL.
Garrett played in just 10 games, as the indefinite suspension that resulted from his actions during Cleveland’s Thursday night affair with Pittsburgh brought his season to an end, but he had been performing to the level of a former No. 1 overall pick until that point. Cleveland’s pass rush suffered a drastic dropoff in effectiveness after his departure. The Browns had a 32.9 percent pressure rate with Garrett on the field in 2019; without him, that figure dropped to 21.5 percent.-Nick Shook, NFL.com
If you are going to a mega-deal, this is the type of talent you sign. The only question going forward is, can Myles Garrett stay on the field for 16 games.
Staying on the field
Initially, the concern for Garrett staying on the field was physical. He had had several minor injuries over his time at Texas A&M. Garrett then was only able to appear in 11 games as a rookie because of a high ankle sprain. He was able to shake the initial injury concerns by playing a full 16 games in 2018. Not only did he just play in all 16 games, but he was also one of the NFL leaders in snap count with 1012. Garrett put up 48 pressures, 29 quarterback hits, 19 hurries, and 13.5 sacks over those thousand snaps. He was just scratching the surface of his talent.
The 2019 season started about as good as you could want from Garrett. He once again had avoided injury and one on pace for his finest season yet. At ten games into the NFL season, he had put up 29 pressures, 18 quarterback hits, and ten sacks over the first ten games. Then, with a potential defensive MVP on the horizon, Garrett did the unthinkable. After Garrett hit Mason Rudolph late in a Thursday night game, Rudolph took exception seeing it as a late hit. Rudolph grabbed at Garrett and kicked at him as they got up off the ground. What Garrett chose to do next ended his season. He ripped Rudolph’s helmet off then swung it, hitting him in the head. In one moment Garrett hurt his season and his reputation. The initial injury and the incident have limited Garrett to 37 games over his first three seasons.
Going forward a bit of luck with injuries and Garrett staying out of trouble on the field should pay off with big numbers for the young defensive end. It looks like Myles Garrett will likely have the next seven years in brown and orange to continue proving he is the best defensive end in football.
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