Myles Garrett has yet to conquer one of his main goals by becoming the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but the Browns are still betting he'll bounce back from a season-ending suspension and deliver for the better part of the next decade.
Garrett became the highest-paid non-quarterback in league history Wednesday, when he signed a five-year contract extension worth $125 million in new money. With an average annual salary of $25 million, he surpassed Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack's previous non-quarterback record of $23.5 million a year.
The Browns announced the signing after Garrett revealed it on social media.
A video posted on Garrett's Twitter account shows him writing "Cleveland keep betting on me, world keep betting against us" once the extension had been finalized.
The framework of the blockbuster deal spearheaded by new Browns general manager Andrew Berry and Garrett's agent, Bus Cook, had been reported Tuesday. It contains $100 million in guarantees, including a $50 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network.
After Berry exercised the fifth-year option on Garrett's rookie contract in April, the star defensive end had two years remaining on his deal, which will pay him a base salary of $4,612,125 in 2020 and $15,184,000 in 2021 before the mega-extension kicks in.
Now Garrett, 24, is under contract for the next seven seasons, or through 2026.
"One of our fundamental organizational beliefs is identifying young players on our roster and proactively retaining them as part of our present and future core," Berry said in a news release. "We go through great lengths to select players whose make-up and performance embody the characteristics we are looking for within our team. Today, we're delighted that Myles Garrett will be a Cleveland Brown for many years to come.
"Myles' rare physical gifts in conjunction with his work ethic, intellect and humility have been the catalysts behind an auspicious start to his young career. Despite his early individual successes, Myles maintains the same drive toward greatness that he displayed as a 22-year old rookie. We firmly believe that this intense focus means the best is yet to come."
Berry held the title of vice president of player personnel and served as the Browns' chief talent evaluator in 2017, when former head of football operations Sashi Brown drafted Garrett first overall out of Texas A&M University.