Andrew Berry: We have felt comfortable with Baker Mayfield for a long time

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The Browns repeatedly have expressed confidence that they finally have found their franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield. In fact, a recent report indicated they are so “ecstatic” about Mayfield that they have no interest in a trade for Aaron Rodgers if the Packers shop the reigning league MVP.

The Browns exercised the fifth-year option on the contracts of Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward earlier this month.

General Manager Andrew Berry joined the Ross Tucker Podcast on Wednesday and explained his faith in Mayfield.

“I’d like to say that it was a proactive statement, but it really just worked out that way,” Berry said, via a transcript from Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan. “We obviously felt comfortable with Baker, have felt comfortable with Baker for a long period of time as well as with Denzel Ward, who we also picked up [the option] on the same day.

“Baker, over the past year, has shown and enormous amount of growth, and I think that’s both on the field and then, quite honestly, off the field as well. So, we are excited. He’s going into his first offseason where the coaching staff, offensive system is exactly the same not to mention that there’s been very little turnover on the offensive side of the ball, and we’re excited about him continuing to make strides under Kevin [Stefansk]’s tutelage in this offense because we think he’s a very talented player. We think he’s very skilled, and he really embodies the characteristics that we want in our program. So, we’re excited about his potential this upcoming year and he’s been hard at work this entire offseason.”

Berry has big decisions to make and big deals to complete in the coming months. Running back Nick Chubb is entering the final year of his rookie deal in addition to Mayfield and Ward’s desires for long-term contracts.

Berry has expressed his admiration for Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, who prioritizes extending young players’ contracts.

“I think it is fair to say that that is an approach that we believe in, in terms of identifying pillar guys and trying to retain them as soon as we can,” Berry told Tucker. “That being said, each situation truly is unique, but we do want to get into the habit of rewarding our own and identifying those guys [which is] no different than we did with Myles Garrett last year. We did that with Kareem Hunt last year. I think that is something you’ll se more often than not within our organization. With that being said it’s not a one size fits all approach. We will deal with it on an individual basis.”

The Eagles extended Carson Wentz‘s deal in June of 2019. They traded him to the Colts this offseason. The Rams did the same with Jared Goff, signing him to a long-term deal in September in 2019, only to trade him to the Lions this offseason.

“I think it’s a bit too strong to call them cautionary tales, because I truly do believe each individual and then each individual’s situation based on the circumstances that are going on in their environment or their organization are different,” Berry told Tucker. “Obviously it’s something that we’re aware of and obviously I’m particularly aware of it with Carson, but I would be hesitant to overly extrapolate that and what happened with those two individuals for maybe broader implications moving forward. We’ll make the decisions that we think are appropriate with our guys based on the data that we have on hand.”

5 responses to “Andrew Berry: We have felt comfortable with Baker Mayfield for a long time

  1. Well, then they’re foolish. He’s been nuthin special. At least for them he’s not been the train wreck Darnold and Rosen were.

  2. Wow!!! We found the one guy on the planet that has “admiration for Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman.”

  3. Some of these comments are funny it just goes to show you there are people who know football and there are people who just watch football

  4. Serious question: Why do Browns fans get so mad when I compare Cousins or Tannehill to Baker Mayfield? Both of those guys are pretty good qbs who have had pretty good careers in this league. Being a good not great QB is not an insult and that’s the read I have on this guy. I believe you can win with these guys with the right team around them, Baker included. One thing I will say in Baker’s defense is that no one in that draft class has really proven themselves as an upper tier qb yet. Allen and Jackson have both had one hot year, and that’s it. They all have had the same number of playoff wins. Outside of that one year, Baker has been more consistent.

  5. @jed699…you raise a good point.
    Let’s wait to see how Mayfield does in his 2nd year with the same system, OC and HC. It took Allen 3 years in the same system to really blossom. Jackson has always done well but has not truly grown as a complete QB (yet). I hope and believe that Mayfield will prove to be close to the “elite” level once he’s had a chance to play in a consistent offense without the sideshow of Huebris and Freddie.
    If he does not continue to develop, and plateaus where he is, then I’ll agree 100% with you. That level would actually be good enough, but I think he’ll continue to improve.

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