Myles Garrett signs extension with Cleveland Browns for most ever guaranteed money for NFL defensive player
The Cleveland Browns have signed Myles Garrett to a record extension.
The Browns announced a 5-year extension of Garrett’s rookie deal that keeps the former No. 1 Draft pick under contract through 2026. According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, the new deal contains $100 million in total guarantees for Garrett, including $50 million guaranteed at signing, the most ever for an NFL defender. The deal is reportedly worth a total of $125 million.
Garrett has already made franchise history posting multiple double-digit sack seasons in his young career.
“One of our fundamental organizational beliefs is identifying young players on our roster and proactively retaining them as part of our present and future core. We go through great lengths to select players whose make-up and performance embody the characteristics we are looking for within our team. Today, we’re delighted that Myles Garrett will be a Cleveland Brown for many years to come,” Browns’ EVP of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry said via the team website. “Myles’ rare physical gifts in conjunction with his work ethic, intellect and humility have been the catalysts behind an auspicious start to his young career. Despite his early individual successes, Myles maintains the same drive toward greatness that he displayed as a 22-year old rookie. We firmly believe that this intense focus means the best is yet to come.”
Garrett is happy to remain with the club.
“In 2017, the Cleveland Browns bet on me,” Garrett said via the team website. “This city quickly became my home and these people quickly became my family. I’m 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 wouldn’t be enough time to express my gratitude. I’ll just say this: Keep betting on me, Cleveland, because I won’t let you down. Now, let’s get to work.”