The Browns announced earlier this week that they signed 2017 #1 overall pick, Myles Garrett to a 5 year extension. Myles joins Joe Thomas, Alex Mack and Joe Haden as the only first round picks since 2000 to receive a second contract. Pretty astonishing but given the revolving door of front offices throughout the years, it’s not surprising. I do expect two others to be rewarded in the near future as well.
Browns fans last memory of Myles on the field is “a small bump in the road” as he described it during conference call.
Myles was suspended for the final 6 games of the 2019 season and the defense didn’t have the same spark while he was out. In 10 games with Garrett, the defense had 30 sacks. In the 6 without Garrett, they only had 8. Simply put, if the Browns want to want, Myles needs to be on the field.
Pass rushers have become one of the most important positions in football.
We’ve seen players like Khalil Mack, DeMarcus Lawrence, Von Miller and now Myles, become some of the highest paid players in the league. Locking up Myles was a no brainer for Andrew Berry and Co. Berry was apart of the front office in 2017 when the Browns drafted Myles. The relationship has been there between the two for years and even with a new regime, they saw how important Garrett was to this team.
Looking towards the 2020 season, Browns fans and Myles have put the Thursday Night incident behind us. Fans of the Steelers and other teams won’t seem to let it go. We get it, he made a mistake, no need to beat it into our heads even more. We know the type of person Myles has been in the community. “I want to lead Cleveland to that promised land”, hearing this from Garrett is all I need to know that the first major domino of the Browns future starts with this man.