Two big deals in the NFL were arranged today. At first, Myles Garrett and the Cleveland Browns agreed to terms for a new deal. Shortly after that, the Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Jones also struck a deal.
Garrett and Browns Make a $125 Million Extension
The 24-year old defensive end and the franchise from Ohio extended their partnership for an additional five years. The value of the extension is around $125 million, along with his current rookie deal, Garrett will earn $144 million over the next seven years.
It is expected to see the deal officially closed this Wednesday following the player’s physical test according to the various sources.
The former No.1 pick from the 2017 draft amazed everyone in the organization, which is why nobody wanted to wait to see him enter the fourth year of his rookie deal. Immediately after the end of the 2019 campaign, the Browns picked up a fifth-year option, indicating that despite all the problems at the time, they weren’t going to give up on their star defender.
Just to remind you, Garrett was suspended after 10 games played because of an incident against the Pittsburgh Steelers, once he hit Mason Rudolph with a helmet after their altercation. The league was merciless towards the Browns’ star, and there were some rumors that he might receive a long-term suspension.
In those 10 games, Garrett had 10 sacks and was the biggest favorite for winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Since his arrival to the league, he became one of the most dominant pass-rushers, and a constant threat to any opposing quarterback.
In 37 appearances for the Browns, Garrett posted 30.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, a second-team Pro Bowl the same years, and was about to receive the same honors this season for sure.
Yet, the incident with Rudolph prevented that from happening. No doubt, with him tied long-term, Cleveland will have one of the top defenses in the league in the years to come.
Also, this new deal means that Khalil Mack won’t be the highest-paid defender anymore. With $23.5 million, the Bears’ DE led the league until this happened.
Jones’ Staying With the Chiefs for Four More Years
Chiefs’ defensive tackle and the team will pretty soon sign a four-year deal, which could be worth up to $85 million. He will get $37 million upon signing, $60 million are guaranteed, and $5 million are in incentives.
The 26-year old spent his entire career with the Chiefs, after being selected as the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. The team put a franchise tag on him recently, and eventually, the two parties reached a long-term deal.
Jones was a LIV Super Bowl champion, a Pro Bowl player this year, and also a second-team All-Pro in 2018.
So far, in 61 matches, 41 as a starter, he had 33 sacks, and seven forced fumbles.
After solving Patric Mahomes’ status last week, the reigning champions made another big move that would secure the franchise’s future.