Browns sign top draft pick Garrett to four-year deal
Washington (AFP) – Myles Garrett, a defensive end selected with the first pick in last month’s NFL Draft, signed a four-year deal Friday with the Cleveland Browns, the club announced.
The 21-year-old Texan will be paid $30.4 million fully guaranteed plus a $20.25 million signing bonus under the NFL rookie salary payroll scale with the Browns holding a club option for a fifth season.
“I’ve got to make sure I learn the playbook, know my role on the field so I can do the things that match my skill set, stay within the defense but do the things that come second nature to me,” Garrett said.
Garrett evaded blockers to make his first “sack” on only his second play in non-tackle workouts at a Browns rookie training camp and was the last man off the field.
“I can be better,” he said. “I know I can improve, make some better moves, knock some of the rust off.”
He will bring instant improvement to the pass rush for the Browns, who need all the help they can get after going an NFL-worst 1-15 last season.
During his college career at Texas A&M, Garrett made 141 tackles, 31 quarterback sacks, 47 tackles for loss and forced seven fumbles.
Garrett has not been able to check out some of Cleveland’s other sporting heroes, notably NBA superstar LeBron James and the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who are still in this year’s NBA playoffs.
“I would love to see the Cavs,” Garrett said. “They are one of my favorite teams. But I’ve got to take care of business.”