If you’re a fan of an AFC North team, you’re probably familiar with the division’s best-pass rusher, Myles Garrett. The No. 1 overall pick in 2017 has been an absolute force since entering the league with the Browns as maybe the top bright spot amongst a decade of some poor drafting by Cleveland’s front office.
It’s a testament to his talent and work ethic that he’s managed to be that type of player amidst difficult circumstances and according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he’s about to be rewarded for it:
The #Browns and star pass-rusher Myles Garrett are closing in on a 5-year extension worth $125M, sources say. Another massive deal, this time for $25M in new money per year. Their top priority of this offseason and they are in the final stages.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2020
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride in recent years for Garrett who’s ridden the spectrum of bizarre experiences both self inflicted and otherwise. This includes an interaction with a fan who sucker punched him for unclear reasons, and his well-publicized, in-game attack on Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph.
Regardless of all of that, though, it looks like Garrett is content to remain in Cleveland for the long haul, as the five-year deal rewarded by new GM Andrew Berry will facilitate happening. It hasn’t been the most fun ride for Garrett since the Rudolph incident, but with his suspension served out and this new extension next in the pipeline, things are starting to look up again for him as we (hopefully) head into the 2020 season.
This is great news for him and the Browns, and of course bad news for the rest of the division. Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. are about to have plenty of opportunities to go out and earn some money of their own, and stopping a beast like Garrett will be a great first step.