Myles Garrett signed a 5-year extension with the Cleveland Browns
Cover your eyes, Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett officially signed his five-year contract extension to stay in Cleveland through 2027.
Garrett and the team announced the news on Twitter and Instagram.
The 2017 No. 1 overall selection is the only Browns first-round pick since cornerback Joe Haden (first-round selection in 2010) to receive a second contract. And boy, it’s a big one.
Garrett, according to multiple reports, is now the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, earning himself $125 million over five years. Of course, this extension is on top of the two years that Garrett currently has remaining on his rookie deal.
“Today, we’re delighted that Myles Garrett will be a Cleveland Brown for many years to come,” Browns executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry said in a typed statement released shortly after.
Despite a hiccup and the end of last season and a small injury to start his career, Garrett has been the highlight on the Browns defense since the moment his name was called in 2017. Now, the Browns locked up their superstar edge rusher for the next seven years.
“Keep betting on me,” Garrett wrote to the city of Cleveland in his announcement video. “World keep betting against us.”
Garrett has expressed his desire in the past to be mentioned among the greats in the game at his position — even going as far as tho openly proclaim he was targeting the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award at one point.
This contract certainly pays him to be one of the best and the trajectory he has been on performance-wise suggests he won’t be letting the team down one bit. He’s going to earn every penny on this contract.