The Cleveland Browns are reportedly on the verge of locking in star defensive end Myles Garrett to a lucrative contract extension.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Garrett’s new deal is worth $125 million over five years. It would make him the highest-paid pass rusher in the NFL.
Garrett still has two years left on his rookie deal, so if this extension gets done, he’ll be in Cleveland through the 2026 season. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick is set to make under $5 million in base salary this season.
In 2019, Garrett recorded 10 sacks in 10 games before missing the last six contests due to the suspension he received for hitting the Steelers’ Mason Rudolph with his helmet during an on-field altercation. In 37 career games, Garrett has posted 30.5 sacks.
The former Texas A&M star was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 2018.
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
All in all, this is a smart move for the Browns. Garrett is one of the best young defensive players in the NFL, and he’s only going to continue to get better.
Garrett’s pending new contract is the second big deal of the day for defensive linemen. Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a four-year, $85 million extension earlier this afternoon.
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