Glenn Cook says Browns hope to have Myles Garrett “for a long time”

VP of player personnel unable to update status of talks, admits impact of COVID-19 on planning

Daryl Ruiter
June 18, 2020 - 11:20 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 the Fan) – Browns vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook echoed sentiments expressed by executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry; they want Myles Garrett in Cleveland for the long haul.

With two seasons remaining on Garrett’s rookie deal, the team has engaged in extension talks that will likely break the bank and set the market for premiere defensive ends at an estimated $25 million per year average.

Cook, who is now working for his third GM in Cleveland, was asked Thursday afternoon on a Zoom call with reporters about the status of the talks with Garrett.

“Myles is a really good player. Personally, I would love to have him for as long as we can,” Cook said. “Those are decisions that Andrew, [Berry] Kwesi [Adofo-Mensah] and ownership have to make. I can’t give you an update. I think Andrew will be the better person to speak on that, but I can tell you, as you probably know, we are really excited to have him on our team and hopefully, have him for a long time.”

It should be noted that Garrett’s agent is Bus Cook, who also represents free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The Browns have been linked to Clowney all offseason and they reportedly have a one-year, $15 million deal still on the table for him.  

While the NFL has seen the salary cap explode in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely reduce projected revenues significantly. It has been estimated that if fans are not allowed to attend games this fall the league stands to lose $3 billion in revenue.

Cook acknowledged, like other teams, the Browns have been planning for all financial possibilities.

“I think all of that goes into play when we are talking about any of these moves that we are looking to make, whether it is extensions, signing free agents, possibly trades or even going into years in the future 2021 and 2022,” Cook said. “It does somewhat change what our overall plan is and we actually initially did have some conversations around that just in terms of team planning – not specific to Myles – and just what that looks like given what COVID was saying in February, March or going into the next year. I think, yes, you do think about that with all the moves we make and all the decisions that may come into play now and into the season.”

Berry and the Browns have been very aggressive and active this offseason signing right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Austin Hooper to big contracts but the inability to visit with free agents in person has slowed the processes of tweaking the roster leading up to training camp next month.

“We are definitely keeping our ear to the ground and staying abreast of what is happening around the league,” Cook said. “At this time and moment, there is just not much happening. I think some of the limitations around bringing players in, tryouts, workouts and physically being able to see people and get physicals, that probably cuts back on some of the moves we can make, but as an organization, we are always trying to improve.”

When free agent visits can resume is anyone’s guess but Cook and the Browns will be ready.

“We have a pretty nice list built right now of guys we would like to get another look on,” Cook said. “The sooner, the better for us. It may cut into vacation a little bit, but the sooner we get an opportunity to maybe have some travel restrictions lifted, the better. We just have to be ready for whenever that happens, whether that is a week into camp or a week before camp. You just have to be ready to go.”

Talk of cutting the preseason in half from four to two games also has Cook, who admitted he would not be surprised if it happens, and the personnel department on their toes.

“It somewhat cuts down our exposure to each player in a game setting, but hopefully, taking into account all the exposure you get in terms of practice and being around them, we should have enough information,” Cook said. “Again, it is just something we have to adapt to. It is really out of our control, but I think we will be fine in terms of cutting the roster down.”