Report: Baker Mayfield, Browns both are fine with slow-playing contract

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Josh Allen became the first quarterback in the 2018 draft class to receive a long-term extension. Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield remain wanting.

Mayfield’s representation and the Browns still have had no substantive talks, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Cabot adds that both sides are “cool” with waiting.

It gives the Browns more time to see Mayfield’s development, though they risk paying the quarterback a lot more than they would have with a deal now. That’s what happened to the Cowboys with Dak Prescott, and executive vice president Stephen Jones called not getting a deal done sooner the team’s biggest front office mistake.

Mayfield, like Prescott, should have confidence in what he can do and, by betting on himself, could come out ahead.

“If all goes as planned and the offense is as explosive as expected, Mayfield will negotiate from a position of greater strength — likely during the season — and increase his chances of topping $40 million a year, which is the going rate for top QB extensions these days,” Cabot writes.

Mayfield is under contract in 2022 for his option tender of $18.858 million.

The former No. 1 overall choice doesn’t have a Pro Bowl yet, like Allen and Jackson have. Allen led his team to the AFC Championship Game last season, and Jackson has an NFL MVP award. But Mayfield will receive a contract like Allen, whose deal averages $43 million annually, and Jackson and has big plans for this season and for his career.

16 responses to “Report: Baker Mayfield, Browns both are fine with slow-playing contract

  1. I hope Baker is smart and takes less (a la TB12). He has a big brand presence and the extra salary cap room will give the team to pay his offensive linemen. “I’ll take 10 less if you spend it on my oline.”

  2. Baker had a good season last year and did a good job protecting the football. That’s what he needs to focus on, and the rest will fall in place. The Browns have a great running game and a good O-line. He doesn’t need to do it all by himself.

  3. Baker “will” receive $40MM a year? I don’t see it, if he were that valuable, he’d already have an extension signed. My guess is that’s what he wants, but $35MM is as much as he’ll get. He’s simply not a top tier QB, and his stats show that.

  4. Seems the Browns aren’t worried about losing him. The Mayfield shirt sales must have maxed out. Time for the factory of sadness to go for the #1 pick again.

  5. Sort of refreshing to see this. Mayfield will be fine either way; might as well bet on himself and not risk distracting his team coming into this season.

  6. I would re-sign baker all day. Lamar may get a franchise tag then done. I need my quarterback to be a pocket passer, these running quarterbacks are hot during the season and then flame out when playing good teams in the playoffs.

  7. Was never a reason for either side to rush. Baker (some his fault, some the franchise’s) has had 1.5 good seasons and 1.5 bad ones. Browns need to see him maintain a high level of play for a full season before forking over, at minimum, $35MM+ per season. Baker on the other hand, has literally made a career off betting on himself, which he’ll be doing in 2021. As he’s said, if he wins games and gets the Browns where they want to go, everything will take care of itself.

  8. The way he plants his left, front, foot on throws is begging for an ACL injury – internal rotation with a nearly locked in extension knee is not good for long term health.

  9. I look at Mayfield’s contract like a golf tournament.You can’t win it on the first day but you sure can lose it.We won’t have to wait long to see.If he fails this Sunday against the Chiefs he has eliminated himself unless he wins a major later on.

  10. @dartmouthstevens

    YES!

    “I hope Baker is smart and takes less (a la TB12). He has a big brand presence and the extra salary cap room will give the team to pay his offensive linemen. “I’ll take 10 less if you spend it on my oline.”

    More wins = more endorsement money. Let the team build a roster around his slightly reduced paycheck and it will pay dividends. Mahomes did this.

  11. Difference between Dak’s situation and Bakers situation is the Cowboys were actually considering moving on from Dak and playing the field for replacements which was stupid. Cleveland has no doubts about extending Baker and just wants to make sure they’re not over or underpaying. Same with the Ravens and Lamar.

    Comparing the moves of a smart front office run by Harvard educated sports experts (how weird is it to say this about the Browns now) to a dumb front office run by the owner and his kid is night and day.

  12. packerbacker says:
    September 8, 2021 at 8:42 pm
    I would re-sign baker all day. Lamar may get a franchise tag then done. I need my quarterback to be a pocket passer, these running quarterbacks are hot during the season and then flame out when playing good teams in the playoffs

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    precisely. I can’t imagine being a GM and basically being in the no win position of having to fork out like 40m a year to Lamar.

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