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.