Browns exercise Baker Mayfield’s fifth-year option

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The Browns have marked off one task from their offseason to-do list.

According to multiple reports, Cleveland has exercised quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s fifth-year option, putting him under contract through 2022.

With the new CBA enacted last year, fifth-year options are now fully guaranteed. Mayfield’s 2022 salary will be $18.858 million.

Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft and helped lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002 last season. In three years, Mayfield has thrown for 11,115 yards with 75 touchdowns and 43 interceptions. He had his best season in 2020, completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards with 26 TDs and eight picks — goo for a 95.9 passer rating.

Cleveland’s next decision with Mayfield will be whether or not to sign him to a contract extension this offseason. Mayfield, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson are all among the candidates from the 2018 draft class who could receive one in the coming months.

39 responses to “Browns exercise Baker Mayfield’s fifth-year option

  1. I’ll give the kid credit, he’s better than I thought.

    As cliche as it sounds, consistency is now is objective.

    They need to move from OBJ and find him a new weapon.

  2. This is why BB is playing charades while everyone else plays chess. New England doesn’t have to PAY a franchise quarterback since we don’t HAVE a franchise quarterback. Browns gonna Brown.

  3. Cap hell a-comin and comin’ soon for Cleveland and Buffalo.

    You pay ahead of time when you are committed to that player and know
    it on the bloated market. You don’t wait. So dumb.

    When you excersise the rookie “option”, it means you didn’t plan to budget properly or your walking at the end of the option year.

    Now, if the idea is to come with the contract right after excercising the option as a formality, that is fine.

    Something tells mewith their position under the cap, this is not the case. lol

    BB had Gronk (and Hernandez) paid way ahead of time because they’d outperformed the market.

    It’s not rocket science, you just need to do it.

  4. Mayfield is in an enviable situation for a QB. There’s a good enough roster and coaching around him that he doesn’t have to be the guy who carries the team on his back.

  5. If Mayfield elevates his game just a bit over his 2020 performance, my beloved Brownies are Super Bowl contenders. The roster is loaded.

  6. If the defense is better, mhouser1922, Mayfield doesn’t even need to elevate his game.

    But it already is . . .

    And he will . . .

  7. touchback6 says:
    April 23, 2021 at 10:26 am
    Cap hell a-comin and comin’ soon for Cleveland and Buffalo.

    You pay ahead of time when you are committed to that player and know
    it on the bloated market. You don’t wait. So dumb.

    When you excersise the rookie “option”, it means you didn’t plan to budget properly or your walking at the end of the option year.

    Now, if the idea is to come with the contract right after excercising the option as a formality, that is fine.

    Something tells mewith their position under the cap, this is not the case. lol

    BB had Gronk (and Hernandez) paid way ahead of time because they’d outperformed the market.

    It’s not rocket science, you just need to do it.

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    So why was BB in “cap hell” last season?

    And will he “get ahead” and write new contracts for Isaiah Wynn and N’Keal Harry or admit they are busts and move on?

  8. Baker has been up and down so I think the Browns did the right thing exercising the option rather than a long term commitment at this point. I would wait and see his results this season before committing to him for $100m+. As long as he keeps focused and not running his mouth he will do well.

  9. Don’t worry Baker you will forever have that moment in that first preseason game years ago against the WFT where you came out in the first quarter running no huddle against a bunch of 4th string defensive players , driving the field and scoring a TOUCHDOWN … then celebrating like it was a winning drive in a Super Bowl !!! 😀

  10. $18.8 million is about 50% of what Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott will make. Not bad for a QB who almost got his team to the Super Bowl last season.

  11. Touchback6…u have to pay the qb theres no way around it anymore,Unless u want to draft a qb every 4-5 yrs it’s going to cost Every team about 17% of their cap to keep them and sign them to a 2nd contract,ME just overpaid for weapons and they don’t even have a Qb,so if NE selects a qb and he’s good,their not gonna sign him to a new contract??? This isn’t TB12 taking money under the table anymore,those days are gone .the playing field is even Now,Every team will be paying Qb’s roughly 17-20% of thier cap .

  12. riggo08 says:
    April 23, 2021 at 11:01 am
    Baker has been up and down so I think the Browns did the right thing exercising the option rather than a long term commitment at this point. I would wait and see his results this season before committing to him for $100m+. As long as he keeps focused and not running his mouth he will do well.

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    Um, have you seen the way he and the organization have been pimping him after a top 10 selection?

    You think Cleveland may walk after 2021? Wow. They may, but what a disaster that would be for the organization lying publicly how much they liked him.

  13. I don’t know how Cleveland Browns fans feel about this,but ever since the Kevin Stefanski hire…I get this nagging feeling Baker doesn’t fit the QB Stefanski wants running his offense. Maybe stefanski wants to draft/free agent sign his own QB. It just feels the Cleveland Browns aren’t completely sold on Baker Mayfield yet.

  14. That, coupled with the money he gets for cutting the stadium grass on his riding mower, should cover the electric Bill for next season at the homestead (provided he doesn’t blow a ton on concessions)

  15. touchback6 says:
    April 23, 2021 at 10:26 am
    This is why BB is playing charades while everyone else plays chess. New England doesn’t have to PAY a franchise quarterback since we don’t HAVE a franchise quarterback. Browns gonna Brown.

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    This deserves the laugh that the down votes indicate it didn’t get. I got the joke. Well done. LOL

  16. Honestly, with their cap room and the current NFL overall lower cap I would this would be thhe best time to negotiate a long term deal. QB prices are only going to go up.

  17. Why do people think they can’t negotiate a long term deal just because they picked up the 5th year option?

  18. It’s funny, people still don’t think he’s a legit franchise QB. Dude’s a stud and will finally put the doubters in their place this year.

  19. mhouser1922 says:
    April 23, 2021 at 10:45 am
    If Mayfield elevates his game just a bit over his 2020 performance, my beloved Brownies are Super Bowl contenders. The roster is loaded.
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    The Browns were 2-3 during the 2020 regular season against teams that would finish with at least a .500 record. The Jets won all of 2 games last season with one being against the Browns. Yeah, SB contenders.

  20. For every good decision the Browns make, they follow it up with a bad one. I can get Mayfield’s production from Case Keenum. In games Browns ran more than they passed they were 9-0. in games where they passed more than they ran, translation, needed Mayfield to put the team on his shoulders, they were 3-6 and 2 of those wins were against the Bengals and Giants. That alone reveals the Browns win in spite of how bad Mayfield is

  21. Christopher Allan says:
    April 23, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    mhouser1922 says:
    April 23, 2021 at 10:45 am
    If Mayfield elevates his game just a bit over his 2020 performance, my beloved Brownies are Super Bowl contenders. The roster is loaded.
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    The Browns were 2-3 during the 2020 regular season against teams that would finish with at least a .500 record. The Jets won all of 2 games last season with one being against the Browns. Yeah, SB contenders.

    You know who else was 2-3 against teams that would finish with at least a .500 record? The Buccaneers…. This literally means nothing. Beat the teams your are supposed to beat, make the playoffs, and anything can happen.

  22. $18.8 million is about 50% of what Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott will make. Not bad for a QB who almost got his team to the Super Bowl last season.

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    Almost? They lost in the divisional round to a Chiefs team that didn’t have Mahomes in the second half.

    By that definition of almost, I could say they “almost” blew a 28 point first half lead in the wild card round.

  23. Hope Browns sign him before the others sign. The way contracts go, every agent wants to go bigger than the last guy. Get it done.

  24. Lamar and Josh Allen are both looking at deals north of $45 million per year if not more. Does anyone think its a good idea for the Browns to pay Baker that much? $35 million, maybe $40 million. The Browns are in a bit of a bind.

  25. The Browns don’t know how to win yet. They should have signed Richard Sherman as a veteran leadership to a young inexperienced team. Look at what veteran leadership of Brady did to the Bucs team.

  26. Well, if there’s any doubt about picking up the 5th year option on a #1 overall pick, and there was with Mayfield’s, you know he’s been a disappointment.

    Being an average QB behind one of the best OLs in the league is not the expectation for a #1 overall pick. $18MM for an average QB is about market value, but the Browns aren’t going anywhere with Mayfield at the helm.

  27. californianewton says:
    April 23, 2021 at 11:15 am
    $18.8 million is about 50% of what Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott will make. Not bad for a QB who almost got his team to the Super Bowl last season.

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    A QB who almost got his team to the Super Bowl??

    Which QB is that? Couldn’t be Mayfield.

  28. Yeah, within one score with a chance to beat KC. Then could have possibly beaten Buffalo. That’s alot closer than most teams. Stop trying to hate and troll. Your jealous tears taste good though.

  29. And some of you guys are really just dumb. Some have posted that the Browns were 2-3 against .500 teams. They beat the Titans, Colts, and Pittsburgh twice. Ummm, in basic math concepts, that equals 4. Don’t post if you can’t even add.

  30. osu300 says:
    April 24, 2021 at 9:18 pm
    Yeah, within one score with a chance to beat KC. Then could have possibly beaten Buffalo. That’s alot closer than most teams. Stop trying to hate and troll. Your jealous tears taste good though.

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    A) Losing in the Divisional Round is not “almost getting to the Super Bowl”. It could be considered “almost getting to the Conference Championship.” Losing in the Conference Championship could be considered “almost getting to the Super Bowl”. (The Browns did not reach the Conference Championship.)

    B) My “jealous tears”? I’m a Bills fan. Try again. Josh Allen is actually a QB that “almost got to the Super Bowl.” Oh, the Browns “Could have possibly beaten Buffalo”? Buffalo had 13 wins, Browns had 11. Wishful thinking doesn’t get you anywhere.

    C) There is not a single fan in the NFL that wishes they were a Browns fan. Just because Baker is the first half-decent QB the Browns have had in decades doesn’t mean he’s the second coming of Russell Wilson.

  31. I think this is the right move by the Browns – you don’t want to Goff this up. Baker has been a little up and down and I don’t think he’s shown that he’s immune to ending up like Goff or Wentz. Better to butter him up with this 5th year option. If he has a good year, you either franchise him or sign him long term. If he regresses you try to trade him or cut him loose.

  32. The Browns should have beat the Chiefs but they are the Browns. If they would have beaten the Chiefs then the Bills would have been AFC Champions and would been better competition against the Bucs. Is that the worst Browns loss in history? So many to choose from.

  33. I think this is the right move by the Browns – you don’t want to Goff this up. Baker has been a little up and down and I don’t think he’s shown that he’s immune to ending up like Goff or Wentz. Better to butter him up with this 5th year option. If he has a good year, you either franchise him or sign him long term. If he regresses you try to trade him or cut him loose.

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    You don’t truly find out how good he is until you’re paying him 35 mil and can’t keep all that talent around him. That’s what happened to Wentz. Drafting is crucial with the salary cap. Jeffrey and Djax got old and Roseman couldn’t deliver in the draft with cheap talent.

    The question isn’t will Baker look good playing for 18 mil on a fifth year option. The question is how good will he look when he’s making twice that and you have to start cutting salary elsewhere.

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