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Myles Garrett voted PFWA’s Defensive Player of Year

Myles Garrett was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday in voting by the Pro Football Writers of America. He’s a favorite to win the widely recognized Associated Press DPOY award, which will be announced Feb. 8 during the NFL Honors program in Las Vegas.

Garrett had never won the PFWA award and is looking for his first from the AP voters. He’s the first Browns player to take the PFWA honor since it debuted in 1992.

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Garrett, a defensive end, was named first-team All-Pro for the third time and earned his fifth Pro Bowl spot earlier this year. He finished tied for seventh in the NFL with 14 sacks, adding 17 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles. He’s the only player in the NFL with double-digit sacks in six straight seasons.

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the PFWA’s Most Valuable Player, and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey the Offensive Player of the Year.

General manager Andrew Berry accepted Garrett’s award as Professional Athlete of the Year on Tuesday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards and explained why it’s important to him and the organization that Garrett is named AP’s DPOY.

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“For us seeing Myles from when we drafted him, No. 1 overall out of Texas A&M, and to see the work and effort that he’s put into it behind the scenes,” Berry said. “Obviously everybody knows he’s talented, but we view him as a player who’s been dominant, super productive ever since he’s entered the league. And we feel like his work on the field hasn’t always been nationally recognized, to be quite honest. And so just having a historically great player on a historically great defense and everything we were able to accomplish this year with him being a huge part of it, it would be really important to us organizationally.”

The Browns had the No. 1-ranked defense.

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The Browns signed kicker Lucas Havrisik to a reserve/futures contract.

He spent part of the season on Cleveland’s practice squad before signing to the Rams’ active roster. He went 15-for-20 on field goals and 19-for-22 on extra points for the Rams.

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