After racking up seven sacks in 11 games during his rookie year in 2017, Garrett hit a high with 13.5 sacks in 2018. Then in 2019, the pass-rusher managed 10 sacks in just 10 games. He has truly become one of the most dangerous in the NFL when it comes to getting to the quarterback.
However, there is a pretty clear talking point with Garrett. That would be the fact that his current contract is soon coming to a close. After the 2021 season, Garrett will be a free agent. That is, unless the Browns manage to come to terms with a contract extension with the superstar.
That extension could be extremely lucrative for the pass rusher too. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler (via Garrett Stepien of 247Sports.com), the Browns could be offering him a mega contract extension. Said Fowler,
“[Garrett is] a top pass rusher, one of the best in the league and that's why the Browns are talking to him about a contract extension … I'm told they've been engaged in discussions. Something could happen this summer on a mega deal that would pay him well above $20 million …
“Now, they consider him a building block. He had the incident with [Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback] Mason Rudolph, throwing his helmet. But the Browns have made clear that that really probably shouldn't affect things because they believe he's a good person, at the end of the day.”
It's pretty simple. Garrett is one of the best in the NFL at what he does. The Browns know that too, and it appears they are ready to pay him like it.
As for the situation that he had with the Steelers' Rudolph, Cleveland feels it was an isolated incident. They believe Garrett is a good person who won't repeat his past mistake and that's going to factor in heavily to his eventual contract extension.
All signs point to Garrett getting paid, and paid well. And it will probably happen sooner rather than later.