BEREA, Ohio — With his song of choice “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal playing in the background, No. 1 pick Myles Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract with the Browns on Friday.
The deal is worth a fully guaranteed $30.4 million overall, including a $20.25 million bonus. It contains offset language, meaning the Browns will only owe him any difference if he joins another club before the deal expires.
It includes the standard fifth-year club option for first-round picks. Later in the day, the Browns signed sixth-round defensive lineman Caleb Brantley to a four-year deal. The remaining unsigned picks are first-rounders Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku; and second-round quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Now, the Browns are hoping that their new edge rusher, who writes poetry, loves the work of Maya Angelou, listens to Dean Martin and aspires to be a paleontologist, will be just as much of a Renaissance Man on the field as he is off of it.
“The guy has flashed and shown exactly why he was drafted where he was drafted,” Hue Jackson said at rookie camp last weekend.
Garrett, the explosive edge-rusher from Texas A&M, plans to live up to his lucrative contract and then some. He’s aiming to become the best pass-rusher in NFL history, and shatter every sack record along the way.
“I have high expectations for myself,” he said at rookie camp. “I’m not worried about what other people expect from me or what they think I’m going to do. My expectations are different and higher than most others for me. I hold myself to that every single time I step on the field.”
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He’s got the perfect man to help him achieve his lofty goals in 10-time future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas, who will face Garrett in drills.
“He’s shown an interest in learning and I’m a player that really likes to try to help teach…