The Cleveland Browns added another piece to the puzzle on Friday as the club has signed No. 1 overall selection Myles Garrett to his rookie contract.
The Cleveland Browns signed defensive end Myles Garrett to his rookie contract on Friday.
Garrett was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and, if everything goes according to plan, will be a cornerstone player for the Browns for the next decade.
An argument can be made that even without playing a single snap that Garrett is the best Browns defensive player in almost a quarter century as he is the kind of disruptive force that opposing offenses must account for at all times.
The 6-foot-4 and 272-pound Garrett finished his collegiate career averaging 10.3 sacks and 15.7 tackles for loss during his three seasons at Texas A&M. He also finished with 31 career sacks, which is the second most among SEC players during the past 10 years.
The addition of Garrett gives the Browns a young and potentially dominant defensive line for defensive coordinator Gregg Wililams to work with. Garrett joins Danny Shelton, who is entering his third year, Emmanuel Ogbah, who is going into year two, and fellow rookies Larry Ogunjobi and Caleb Brantley to form what could be the team’s best defensive front since the early 1970s.
Not a bad way to head into the 2017 regular season.
Garrett is the first of Cleveland’s three first round draft picks to ink his rookie deal as the Browns are still working on safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku. The team previously signed Ogunjobi, cornerback Howard Wilson, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, place kicker Zane Gonzalez and running back Matthew Dayes.