The Cleveland Browns are set to make Myles Garrett one of the highest-paid athletes in professional sports.
Garrett, who is entering his fourth NFL season, is close to signing a five-year, $125 million extension that will tie him to the Browns through the 2026 season, according to Ian Rapoport. The deal includes an absurd $100 million in guaranteed money.
Details on the extension for the #Browns and Myles Garrett: In his rather large 5-year, $125M extension, there are $100M in total guarantees and $50M fully guaranteed at signing. He’s now under contract 2026. https://t.co/873RKFYdbk— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2020
In two games vs. the Bengals, Garrett has one sack, five QB pressures and six total tackles. The Bengals managed to avoid him both times they faced Cleveland last season.
Since becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Garrett has quickly become one of the league’s most dominant defenders. His last full season came in 2018 when he racked up 13.5 sacks, 29 QB hits, 44 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles.
Garrett was on his way to a monster year in 2019 when he had 10 sacks through 10 games. However, he was suspended the final six games for hitting the Steelers’ Mason Rudolph with the quarterback’s own helmet during a fight at the end of their game on November 14th. The NFL later reinstated Garrett in February, and it appears that incident didn’t affect Cleveland’s desire to make him one of the NFL’s highest-paid players.