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Report: Browns to exercise fifth-year options on Garrett, Njoku

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Team will likely seek a new deal with Garrett, but what about Njoku?

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The Cleveland Browns plan to exercise the fifth-year options on defensive end Myles Garrett and tight end David Njoku.

That is according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter:

Garrett was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 37 games, he has posted 30.5 sacks and become one of the league’s best defensive ends. He had 10 sacks in 10 games last season, putting him on pace to break Reggie Camp’s franchise record of 14 sacks in a single season. That pursuit came to an end when Garrett was suspended for the final six games of the season following an altercation with Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The fifth-year option for Garrett will cost a little more than $13.1 million, according to Over the Cap, but it is highly likely that the Browns will work to sign Garrett to an extension.

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Njoku was the 29th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He had a solid second season with 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns, but injuries limited him to just four games in 2019, and Njoku finished with just five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown.

The fifth-year option for Njoku will be the average of the salaries for tight ends in 2019 from third highest paid to the 25th, according to cleveland.com, with that number coming in at around $6 million. It would not be a surprise if the Browns wait to see how Njoku does in head coach Kevin Stefanski’s offense before they start talking with him about an extension.

The Browns signed tight end Austin Hooper in free agency and selected tight end Harrison Bryant in the fourth-round of the draft over the weekend, so they have options at the position if Njoku is not able to bounce back from his injuries.