Report: Browns reinforce their plans for Baker Mayfield during meeting with his reps

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In a scheduled meeting between the Browns and Baker Mayfield‘s representation, the team reinforced plans to have Mayfield as its starting quarterback in 2022, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports.

The two sides also agreed that Mayfield will not get an extension this offseason, Cabot adds. He will play 2022 under the fifth-year option year at $18.86 million with a chance to prove he’s the long-term answer.

General Manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski both gave Mayfield a public vote of confidence in Combine interviews this week, but they did not rule out bringing in a veteran. Whether it’s Case Keenum remaining as the backup or a veteran such as Marcus Mariota replacing Keenum as the backup, the Browns are expected to have a viable option behind Mayfield.

That means there are no guarantees that Mayfield finishes the season as the team’s starter. With a veteran backup behind Mayfield, the Browns could have a quick hook. But he will get another shot to become the franchise quarterback the Browns believed he could become when they drafted him in 2018.

The former No. 1 overall choice is 29-30 as a starter with a 61.6 completion percentage, 92 touchdowns, 56 interceptions and an 87.8 rating. Mayfield is 1-1 in the postseason. He has never made the Pro Bowl.

10 responses to “Report: Browns reinforce their plans for Baker Mayfield during meeting with his reps

  1. Sounds like the Browns finally woke up. Team is too good for an average QB. I lived the Dalton years in Cincy. Almost, just enough, almost gets you there. Also, Browns head coach calling plays has not worked yet. Keep on trying though.

  2. No defense is scared of the him, no one game plans around him, he’s too small, has an average arm, has a questionable attitude, decision-making is inconsistent, and he can’t make it work with great wide receivers.

    However, to continue the normal world order of Cleveland’s success, he’s a perfect QB for the Browns.

  3. Bill Walsh had a saying “Good enough to get you fired”.

    Mayfield would be ok on a mid tier contract. But if the Browns pay him 40+MM/year for a few years they will be set back.

    He’s ok, and may improve, but not a solid/above average QB.

  4. Smart move by Andrew Berry. Take all the contract drama off the table and put the ball in Baker’s court. If he’s healthy and plays well he’ll still be in control of his own future. Time to prove it or move on. Hope it works out for all concerned.

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