CLEVELAND — When Myles Garrett returns to the field for the Cleveland Browns, it appears he'll do so as a very rich man.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Browns and Garrett are closing in on 5-year, $125 million extension, which would make the 2018 Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid non-quarterback in all of football.
While the deal may not be completed on Tuesday, it is expected to go through soon, according to Rapoport.
Selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Garrett has since tallied 30.5 sacks through the first 37 games of his NFL career, including 13.5 sacks in 2018. In 2019, he tallied 10 sacks in 10 games before being suspended for the remainder of the season after hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet during an on-field skirmish.
Garrett alleged that Rudolph had called him a racial slur. He has since been reinstated from the indefinite suspension.
Despite the suspension, the Browns entered this past offseason looking to lock Garrett up to a long term deal. While it remains to be seen how much of the Texas A&M product's contract will be guaranteed, his annual average salary will make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in football, surpassing Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who makes an average of $23.5 million per season on his six-year, $141 million contract.