NFL News and Notes: Garrett, Browns Talking Huge Extension

In a report released by ESPN, the Cleveland Browns are currently in contract negotiations with former No. 1 overall selection Myles Garrett.

Garrett, the top selection in 2017, has recorded 30.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss in 37 career games. In 2019, he recorded 10 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in just 10 games before being suspended for the final six games after hitting Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph with Rudolph’s own helmet.

The former Texas A&M star claimed that Rudolph used a racial slur after being sacked by Garrett. Those allegations have been refuted by multiple Steelers.

The current gold standard for defensive ends is Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears, who makes a reported $23.5 million per season. By comparison, Garrett was far better than Mack in terms of counting stats last season as Mack recorded just 8.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in 16 games. Mack did have more than double Garrett’s forced fumbles at 5-2, though.

NFL Will Observe Juneteenth, Make Donation

In two separate announcements this week, the NFL has said that June 19 will be observed as a company-wide holiday. The announcement was first reported by ESPN.

June 19, 1865, is the day that slavery was abolished in the United States. It is sometimes referred to as Jubilee Day or Freedom Day. The day is not the same as the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed by President Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, as Juneteenth marks the day that all remaining enslaved people in the Confederate states were freed following the Civil War.

Later in the week, the NFL announced that it would donate $250 million over the next 10 years in an effort to combat systemic racism and injustices suffered by the black community. The effort was publicly applauded by Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals.

Brown Pleads No Contest, Receives Probation

Former Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown pled no contest to burglary and battery charges from an incident involving a moving company in Florida last year. He received two years probation, 100 hours of community service, and mandatory anger management sessions as well as a mental evaluation.

It has been a consistent fall from grace for the former star after forcing his way out of Pittsburgh. He then spent time with the Raiders and Patriots, though both stints were brief, and has been out of the NFL since early in 2019.

Since being released by the Patriots, Brown has been accused of sexual misconduct, had audio of an incident with a team doctor released, been the subject of a viral video berating a woman and police in front of his home, and been a constant lightning rod on Twitter due to trash talk followed by apologies.

The no-contest plea means that Brown will accept the proposed punishment without actually admitting guilt on the record.

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