The No. 1 overall pick in last month's
One week after displaying his dazzling skills at the team's rookie minicamp, Garrett got the business side of things out of the way by signing his deal Friday. The Browns posted a video on Twitter of the former Texas A&M All-American filling out the contract's paperwork while Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" played in the background.
The Browns are counting on Garrett, whose outside interests include writing poetry and paleontology, to energize their turnaround. Cleveland went 1-15 last season, has had just two winnings seasons since its 1999 expansion reboot and hasn't been to the playoffs in 15 years.
Blessed with a running back's burst, Garrett recorded 32 1/2 sacks in three seasons for the Aggies. He was limited by a sprained ankle last season but still played at a dominant level, and the Browns didn't pass up the chance to take him in a draft loaded with defensive talent.
Garrett, who is 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, was impressive during the club's rookie minicamp, showing off his ability to blow past blockers and pressure quarterbacks.
"Did you see that guy come off the edge that one time?" coach
Garrett has also displayed an easygoing personality and eagerness to succeed. He knows there are high expectations as the first overall pick, but he isn't hiding from them.
"I'm not worried about what people expect from me or what they think I am going to do," Garrett said. "My expectations are definitely higher than what most others have for me. I hold myself to that every single time I step on the field, whether I'm going against whoever is out there for rookie camp or if I am going against the very best or if I am just trying to learn the playbook or just being a great man in general."
Not long after Garrett's deal was finalized, the Browns signed rookie defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, a sixth-round pick.