ESPN - The Cleveland Browns and defensive end Myles Garrett have engaged in contract discussions, according to sources, setting the stage for a potential mega-extension for the 2017 No. 1 overall pick. Garrett has two years left on his rookie contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option.
"We do see Myles as a long-term member and pillar in our organization," general manager Andrew Berry told 105.7 the Fan Baltimore last month. "Great player, great person."
Look, I've been the biggest Browns optimist since Day 1. And I truly think this is THE year. Yup, that's right. Above .500. I've actually got us pegged for a realistic 12-4 with a variance that could take us all the way to 15-1 if the chips fall our way, or perhaps down to 10-6 if they don't. Either way, you're not going to find someone as complimentary of a team that has gone 124-259 since I was born. But to utter the words "great person" and Myles Garrett in the same conversation is just so outrageous that I couldn't believe it. This is our new GM....? The one we're all so pumped about? Interesting choice of words from our savior.
The fact of the matter is that Myles Garret is a STUD. That's it. An absolute unblockable stud. Do I think he's a terrible guy? No, I think he made one huge mistake. But he did make that mistake. You know, the one where he tried to kill someone on the field with their own helmet. So you can't utter the words "great player, great person" for at least 5 more years. Probably never. That's just the price you pay for attempting murder on the football field. He's still going to make a bazillion dollars. He's still going be a frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year and make a bunch of Pro Bowls and hopefully be a mainstay contributor to the Browns turnaround. But "great person"? Eh, now's not the time.
But now is DEFINITELY the time to pay him. He still has two years left on his rookie deal, but the Browns have Nick Chubb, Denzel Ward, and maybe Baker Mayfield coming up for some big money in the next couple years too. Get this one out of the way. Get the best player taken care of. Pay him a boatload because he's worth a boatload. Make him the highest paid pass rusher ever. He's that good. I just wouldn't go as far as calling him a "great person" just yet. I don't think Mason Rudolph would either.