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Browns sign Christian Kirksey to four-year extension

The No. 1 overall pick inked his contract.

The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that signed his four-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract. Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $30.4 million with a $20.25 million signing bonus and includes offset language. As with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.

The consensus top prospect in the 2017 draft, Garrett compiled 31 sacks, 47 tackles for loss and forced seven fumbles during his college career at Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-4, 272-pound physical specimen immediately upgrades Cleveland’s pass rush. The rookie already received rave reviews from veteran left tackle this offseason.

“I’m just impressed with his demeanor and his willingness to learn and his humbleness,” Thomas said of Garrett, “but also you see that fire that’s burning inside him to be great and I think those are the hallmarks of guys that have a chance to be really excellent football players.”

Nike Browns #12 Josh Gordon Brown Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Vapor Untouchable Limited JerseyI know the Browns believe in Cody Kessler, and I’m aware they have a developmental prospect in second-round pick . They even have , though that feels like the most doomed quarterback/team pairing since the Jets caught a case of Tebowmania.

Cleveland has options at quarterback, no one denies that. But what they really need is a solution. And I have an idea.

The Cavs power forward throws easily the most accurate deep ball among professional athletes in Cleveland. Be serious now, how many of the 26 starting quarterbacks since the Browns’ ’99 reboot make that pass? Six of them? Three? Osweiler might injure a kid sitting in the 10th row.

The team later confirmed the signing, with executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown saying in a statement that Kirksey represents “another example of a young talented football player that we want to be part of our organization for the long-term.”

After notching a whopping 148 tackles and 2.5 sacks as an inside linebacker last season, Kirksey is preparing to man the weak outside spot in new coordinator Gregg Williams’ 4-3 scheme.

“A linebacker’s a linebacker, you’re going to be in the act, you’re going to be in positions to make a lot of plays,” Kirksey said earlier this month, per The Plain Dealer. “I know Gregg, he knows what he’s doing on his defense, he knows the best spot to put me, so I’ll be ready to just play wherever he wants me to play.”

Finishing 2016 as the 22nd-ranked player at his position, Kirksey thrived against the run but was victimized in coverage. That will need to change this season, but Kirksey finished the campaign in better shape than plenty of his defensive teammates.

Kirksey was a third-round pick in 2014, part of an otherwise disastrous draft for the Browns that saw Cleveland whiff on quarterback Johnny Manziel and cornerback .

He was hardly the headliner from that ill-fated crop, but Kirksey has won over this new Browns regime. For his next trick, the young linebacker will be asked to earn his rich contract with another season of productive starts.