(Updated 2/12) As we bang the drum ever louder and faster for the Seahawks to add a couple of good pass rushers, here’s a name in the news John Schneider should be thinking about: Myles Garrett.
Garrett was suspended for infamously pounding Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph on the head with a helmet during an in-game melee last November. It was a wicked assault that certainly merited a suspension, but we aren’t among the self-righteous who think he deserves a lifelong ban or no second chance.
Garrett, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and was reinstated Wednesday.
If he has not already done so, Schneider should give new Browns GM Andrew Berry a call and see whether he can get the 32-year-old neophyte to surrender Garrett for a reasonable price (though no trade could be made until March 18).
Berry, who was with the Browns when they drafted Garrett, seems to want the star pass rusher back. On Wednesday, he said, “We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms. We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”
But you have to wonder whether enigmatic owner Jimmy Haslam might be amenable to moving Garrett.
Garrett (30.5 sacks in 37 games) is a true superstar — the kind Russell Wilson wants — and it certainly would be worth it for Schneider to give up his first-rounder and one of his seconds or maybe even two first-rounders (if he thinks Garrett is a long-termer). The Browns have loved stockpiling picks under Haslam, so maybe Schneider could use that to his advantage with the young Cleveland GM.
Remember, this year is about adding veterans who can help Pete Carroll and Wilson win another Super Bowl — preferably next season. Schneider needs to continue to use his draft picks to find impact players (a la Jadeveon Clowney and Quandre Diggs), not build depth or “create competition.”
Schneider already pulled one first overall pick. Could he add another to go with Clowney?
Garrett is in the fourth year of his rookie deal, which will pay him $4.6 million. A fifth-year option for 2021 would be worth $15.3 million. That’s a very affordable couple of years — and the value would be significantly more if he helped the Hawks win a Super Bowl in that time.
Schneider has made surprising blockbuster deals before (e.g., Percy Harvin, Jimmy Graham), so it would not be a shock if he pursued this idea. As dysfunctionally dumb as the Browns have been, they might be too smart to trade Garrett; but it’s certainly worth a call to find out.