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Cleveland Browns exercise fifth-year options on Myles Garrett, David Njoku

David Njoku
Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 17:24:48-04

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns exercised fifth-year options on both Myles Garrett and David Njkou’s contracts Monday.

Garrett and Njoku, who were both first-round picks in 2017, will now be under contract through the 2021 season.

In his three seasons, Garrett has brought an explosive pass-rush to the team, racking up 30.5 sacks, 104 tackles and six forced fumbles in that time. Garrett was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft and earned Pro-Bowl honors the following year. Last season, Garrett recorded 10 sacks in the first 10 games of the season before being suspended for the remainder of the season following a fight in the Browns-Steelers game in Cleveland.

It wasn’t much of a question if the Browns would exercise Garrett’s fifth-year option, but Njoku’s future was a little less certain, especially with the addition of Austin Hooper from free agency and Harrison Bryant in the draft joining Stephen Carlson and Pharaoh Brown, who remained on the team from last season.

While the tight end room is filling up, new head coach Kevin Stefanski is known for his heavy use of tight ends. His offense in Minnesota ran more two-tight end formations than any other team in the league last season. To run an offense that frequently uses multiple tight ends requires strong depth at the position, so picking up Njoku’s fifth-year option makes sense.

Njoku, the Browns' 29th overall pick in 2017, has recorded 1,066 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his three seasons in Cleveland. The tight end played his best season in 2018, catching 56 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, Njoku spent the majority of last season on injured reserve after suffering a wrist injury in Week 2.

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · TBD· At Jacksonville Jaguars (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 2 · TBD · New York Giants (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 3 · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (CBS)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

WEEK 7 · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

WEEK 13 · BYE

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/12 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Dec. 18/19 · TBD Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)

WEEK 16 · Sat 12/25 · 4:30 PM at Green Bay Packers (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

WEEK 18 · Sun 1/9 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)