Myles Garrett famously received one of the longest suspensions in NFL history for on-field behavior, the result of his attack on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the final seconds of a game in November 2019.
The Browns defensive end, the top overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, pulled Rudolph to the ground, jostled his helmet off, and swung down on Rudolph's exposed head with his own helmet.
Garrett's actions were widely panned by both the team and the league, and he later claimed that he was set off by Rudolph using a racial slur, an accusation Rudolph has emphatically denied and even considered taking legal action in response to.
Garrett was reinstated prior to the 2020 season, and is now offering to have a "man-to-man" talk with Rudolph. He knows the two are going to be linked together moving forward, and he'd like to clear the air.
“If it were to happen, I’d be fine with it,” Garrett told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Not just fine, but I wouldn’t mind it and I’d be happy to make it happen, if there were a way...Whether we can do that, I’m not sure, but I’d be willing to extend the olive branch and make that happen.”
Cleveland gave Garrett a 5-year, $125 million extension earlier in the 2020 offseason, so the two players will both be playing in the AFC North for the foreseeable future.
The Browns are scheduled to kick off Week 1 of the 2020 season in Baltimore against the Ravens. They are one of only two teams to beat the Ravens in the 2019 regular season. Garrett has 1.5 sacks in four career games against Baltimore.