The Browns didn’t need long to get the big man under contract.
Defensive end Myles Garrett signed his big-money rookie contract Friday, less than a month after being the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
The four-year deal is worth $30.4 million guaranteed, including a $20.25 million signing bonus, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. All first-round contracts include a team option for the fifth season.
The top pass rusher in last year’s draft, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, missed all of training camp in a holdout from the San Diego Chargers, which is rare these days with rookie contracts slotted.
That won’t be an issue for Garrett (6-foot-4½, 272 pounds), who had 31 sacks, 141 tackles and seven forced fumbles in three years at Texas A&M. He was a two-time first-team All-American, including by unanimous choice in 2016.
The Browns’ official Twitter account posted a short video of Garrett signing on the dotted line. Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” was his “song of choice” for the special moment.
It’s the latest example of Garrett’s interesting personality. He likes to read and write poetry, is fascinated by dinosaurs and his eclectic musical tastes include Marvin Gaye, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin and, apparently, Seal.
When it comes to football, he says he’s all business. He recently skipped a Cavs playoff game to get in his second workout of the day and says he wants to be the greatest player of all time.
“I have high expectations for myself. I’m not worried about what other people expect from me or what they think I’m going to do,” Garrett said last weekend during rookie minicamp. “My expectations are different and higher than most others’ for me. I hold myself to that every single time I step on the field, whether I’m going out there against who’s out there for rookie camp or if I’m going against the very best or if I’m just trying to learn the playbook or be a great man in general.”
Later Friday the Browns signed sixth-round pick Caleb Brantley, who could be another key piece across the defensive front. The defensive tackle out of Florida was projected to be a second- or third-round pick but slid because he had been accused of punching a woman in the face.
The Florida State Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it dismissed a sworn misdemeanor battery complaint against Brantley and no charges will be filed.
“It is apparent that there is no reliable evidence upon which an arrest or prosecution would be warranted or legally justified,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Brantley (6-foot-3, 307 pounds) was pick No. 185. He started 22 of 38 games for the Gators, totaling 81 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was second-team All-Southeastern Conference last season.
The Browns have signed seven of their 10 draft picks. Remaining unsigned are safety/kick returner Jabrill Peppers (pick No. 25), tight end David Njoku (No. 29) and quarterback DeShone Kizer (No. 52).
The Browns claimed offensive lineman Chris Barker off waivers from New England. Defensive lineman Gabe Wright was cut to make room on the 90-man roster.
Barker (6-2, 305) was undrafted in 2013 and has appeared in six games, all with the Patriots. He was on their practice squad all of last season for the Super Bowl run.
Wright had four tackles and a pass defensed in five games with the Browns last season.
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