Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, is one of the most physically gifted defenders in the NFL, and was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate last year, before he struck Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet, inciting chaos during the team’s Week 11 matchup. Garrett had 10 sacks before being relegated to the sideline.
The Browns recently exercised Garrett’s fifth-year option, but there’s a chance he won’t even reach that 2021 season without an extension in place. Browns general manager Andrew Berry recently joined the RapSheet + Friends with NFL insider Ian Rapoport and gave some insight on the situation regarding Garrett’s extension.
While he was tight lipped on where the negotiations are at, Berry made certain to note that the team wants Garrett in Browns colors for a long time.
“I wouldn’t speak on any of that publicly. That’s always something we prefer to keep private and internal. Needless to say, we do have a lot belief in Myles,” Berry said on the podcast. “We do view him as a long-term member of the organization. We love the player and love the person as well. We certainly hope that he’s going to be a Brown for years to come.”
Rapoport went on NFL Network and said that he believes Garrett could become the first pass-rusher to hit the $25 million per year mark with his extension. Currently, Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is currently the highest paid defender in the league in terms of average annual value at $23.5 million.
Myles Garrett Ready to Return
Garrett’s last season was unfortunately defined by the violent incident with Rudolph and it will be something the Browns talented pass-rusher will have to deal with the rest of his career.
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said in a statement following the incident. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
“I dropped the ball there,” Garrett said. “(My father) was right. Have your say some other day. That’s the best way to put it. Got to be smart with what you say and when you say it.”
Garrett then promised that he was done talking about the incident and would go with “next question” when he is asked about it.
Browns Also Eyeing Odell Beckham for ‘Long-Term’
Another polarizing player Berry has been clear about being in the team’s long-term plans is wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Despite breaking the 1,000-yard barrier last season, Beckham did not live up to the wild expectations set for him. He finished his first season in Cleveland with 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was basically playing from behind from the get-go due to injuries. Beckham’s name has been a constant part of trade rumors, but Berry has extinguished those reports multiple times.
“We’ve been clear from the beginning that we view Odell as a fantastic player,’’ Berry told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “We’re a better team with him on the field. We see him as a long-term member of the organization. We really like how he’s acclimated and adjusted with the new staff.”