Cleveland Browns Sign #1 Draft Pick To $30 Million Contract


Going into the 2017 NFL Draft, all of the experts said Myles Garrett was hands down the top player available. The only issue was if the Cleveland Browns would go with the best player, reach for a quarterback or trade away the pick. The Browns took the first option, taking the Defensive End from Texas A&M to help their anemic pass rush. His 31 sacks, 47 tackles of loss and 7 forced fumbles shows that the 6'4", 272 lbs beast is likely to tear through offensive lines this fall.

The Browns wasted no time in getting Garrett inked to his rookie deal. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is a four-year deal worth $30.4 million with a $20.25 million signing bonus and a team option fifth season.


A $30 million dollar contract for a player who has yet to take a snap in the pros may seem high, but that is the going rate based on the rookie pay scale agreed to in the last collective bargaining agreement. Compare that to the last number one pick before the rookie scale… Sam Bradford got $50 million guaranteed on a six-year contract worth between $78 and $86 million depending on certain escalators being reached.

Garrett is part of a rebuilding effort on the defensive side of the ball lead by new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The team also picked up safety Jabril Peppers in the first round, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi in the third, cornerback Howard Wilson in the fourth and another defensive tackle, Caleb Brantley in the sixth. That's a pretty good haul for Williams to start building around.


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