Report: Browns exercise fifth-year options on Myles Garrett, David Njoku
The Cleveland Browns have exercised their fifth-year options on defensive lineman Myles Garrett and tight end David Njoku, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Both players are preparing to enter their fourth NFL seasons.
Garrett is coming off of a wild 2019 campaign in which he played 10 games and registered 29 tackles, 10 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. He was suspended indefinitely in November as a result of his role in an altercation in a Week 11 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, when Garrett ripped the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then hit him over the head with it.
The 24-year-old was reinstated earlier this offseason.
Garrett, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by the Browns with the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He had a strong rookie season, finishing with 31 tackles and seven sacks in 11 contests. Then, in 2018, Garrett broke out, racking up 44 tackles, 13.5 sacks and three forced fumbles en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Njoku’s status in Cleveland for 2020 seemed to be up in the air, particularly after the Browns signed fellow tight end Austin Hooper to a lucrative long-term deal in free agency last month.
However, it appears that Cleveland will be holding on to Njoku for now.
This past season, the 23-year-old played in just four games due to a wrist injury he sustained early in the season. He logged five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown during his time on the field.
Njoku’s most productive year to date came in 2018 when he hauled in 56 receptions for 639 yards and four scores.