Browns exercise options on DE Garrett, TE Njoku

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The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth-year option on the rookie contracts of Myles Garrett and David Njoku, keeping the former first-round picks under contract through the 2021 season.  

Defensive end Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, was an immediate impact player and has 30.5 sacks in 37 career games, including a career-high 13.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hurries in his 2018 Pro Bowl season.  

Garrett had 10 sacks through 10 games last season before he was suspended for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his helmet.

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The 24-year-old missed the last six games last season but was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell in February.  

Tight end Njoku was also a first-round pick in 2017, taken No. 29 overall, but has been a less consistent producer whose roster position seemed insecure after Cleveland brought in other tight end help this offseason.

After a pedestrian rookie campaign, the Miami product made 56 catches for 639 yards in 2018 and scored four touchdowns.  

Last season, however, Njoku broke his wrist in Week 2 and had just five receptions all season. The Browns responded by signing former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper last month and bolstering the position by using a fourth-round pick on Florida Atlantic’s Harrison Bryant.  

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