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Browns Exercise Fifth-Year Options on Garrett and Njoku

The Browns have picked up the fifth-year options on both Myles Garrett and David Njoku. The only word to use here is…duh. When it comes to Garrett, this is an easy decision. He is one of the elite at his position. Njoku has had a bit of an up and down start to his career but was only 21 when drafted and has immense physical talent. Njoku was injured last year, but in his second year on the team put 66 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He has the potential to have a big season in the Browns new tight end based attack.

Myles Garrett

Garrett Njoku
Dec 3, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Garrett struggled with a leg injury during his rookie season but was still able to put up seven sacks over 11 games. In 2018 Garrett played a full 16 games and began to show why the Browns took him number one overall. He would finish the year with 44 tackles, 12 for a loss, and 13.5 sacks. This past season saw him on pace to eclipse those second-year numbers until the helmet incident in Pittsburgh cost him the final six games of the year. In the end, this was a no brainer for the Browns. Garrett will receive a salary of $15.1 million and will likely start talking extension very soon.

David Njoku

As stated above, the 2018 season was Njoku’s best so far in his career. He has fought injuries and inconsistency so far in his young career. By giving him his fifth-year extension, the Browns have opened up two options moving forward. The first is to put David on the market and see if they can pull a defensive end or more depth/picks from a team. The second is to hope Njoku takes a big step next year and makes that $6.4 million he will make look cheap. Either way, this is the right move by Andrew Berry and his team.


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