Myles Garrett is set to become the newest $100-million NFL player.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Cleveland Browns and Garrett reached an agreement on a five-year extension worth $125 million, per sources informed of the situation. Rapoport added Garrett's deal includes $50 million fully guaranteed at signing and $100 million in total guarantees.
With two years remaining on his rookie deal, Garrett is now under contract in Cleveland through the 2026 season.
While Aaron Donald (six years, $135 million) and Khalil Mack (six years, $141 million) signed extensions with more overall money, the $25 million per year in new money on Garrett's deal is tops among defenders.
Garrett missed the final six games of the 2019 season due to suspension but will be sticking around Cleveland for many more contests to come. The NFL reinstated the pass rusher in February after he was the center of an ugly brawl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and swung a helmet at quarterback Mason Rudolph.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2017, Garrett's combination of size, speed and athleticism makes him a menace off the edge when on the field. Injuries during his rookie campaign and the suspension, however, have wiped out 11 games in three seasons. In 37 tilts, Garrett has compiled 30.5 sacks, 65 QB hits, 104 tackles and 32 tackles for loss. Last year, he earned 10 sacks in 10 games. There is no question the 24-year-old is among the most talented pass rushers in the NFL.
The Browns are betting we've still not seen the peak for the ultra-athletic edge rusher, who has grown each year in the league.
NFL teams pay players for what they project to do down the road, not what they've already done. Garrett's new deal demonstrates the Browns' belief that big things are ahead for Garrett.