Myles Garrett’s misconduct last season damaged his public image. It did not change how the Cleveland Browns felt about him.
The team signed Garrett to a five-year, $ 125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher to the NFL’s highest paid defender. The deal includes $ 100 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.
The timing of Garrett’s extra time is surprising since the last time he played in a game, it ended with him ripping off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him in the head with it. The shocking attack led to a six-player suspension for Garrett and questions about his character.
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“It would be interesting for me not to address the fact that we choose to do this after a season during which Myles was suspended,” said Brown’s first annual manager Andrew Berry.
“Myles has been responsible for his mistakes and we also see the incident in character. We do not think that one moment should define him based on how he handled himself before and during the months following last year’s incident.
“We are pleased to ensure that Myles will remain in Cleveland for the foreseeable future.”
Garrett posted a video on Instagram of him signing the deal and then wrote a note he printed in front of the camera that said, “Cleveland is betting on me all the time. The world continues to bet on us. “
Garrett’s agent, Bus Cook, and the Browns had been working on the record package for months, and they completed it amid uncertainty over the opening of training camps later this month and whether there will be a 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garrett was under contract until 2021 after the Browns took advantage of the fifth-year option on his rookie contract in April. He will earn $ 4.6 million in 2020 and $ 15.18 million next season before the extension starts.
Garrett, as No. 1, overall in 2017, is one of the league’s most feared defenders, a combination of power and speed. His average salary disappears $ 23.5 million per season as the Chicago Bears give star-studded rusher Khalil Mack, who signed in 2018.
Garrett has freakish physical skills. At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, he is a devastating mix of power and speed, and his ability to turn the corner and get to the quarterback or harass him has forced teams to sometimes devote two and three blockers to trying to slow Garrett down.
“It’s really important for us as an organization to cement Myle’s status here for a really long time,” said coach Kevin Stefanski.
“Myle’s set of knowledge is still on the surface. He’s young, and I can ‘t wait to get him and put him on this schedule and let him go. He’s as disturbing as they come. He’s big, tall, fast, fast and has an engine. He checks all the boxes. “
Garrett has 30 1/2 sacks in 37 games since the Browns chose Garrett from Texas A&M three years ago. Garrett had 10 sacks in 10 games last season before the infamous incident with Rudolph, who messed with the defensive end in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory over rival Steelers on November 14.
Garrett claimed that he attacked Rudolph because QB uttered a racist slur against him. Rudolph has denied saying anything derogatory to counter Garrett. He was reinstated in February after a hearing with arbitrators and a meeting in New York with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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His suspension behind him, Garrett wants to reward the Browns for their loyalty.
“In 2017, the Cleveland Browns bet on me,” he said. “This city quickly became my home and these people quickly became my family. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity, the support of my friends and family, the organization, my teammates, the fans. I could go on forever, but even that would not be enough time to express my gratitude.
“I’m just going to say this: Keep betting on me, Cleveland, because I’m not letting you down. Now let’s start working.”
Garrett’s extension ended a week after the Browns restructured the end of Olivier Vernon’s contract. Vernon would earn $ 15.25 million by 2020 before agreeing to a $ 11 million guaranteed deal.