Baker Mayfield is a few months away from embarking on his fourth NFL season. Before Mayfield reaches that point, the Cleveland Browns still hold an unresolved contract situation. With all that swirling around, the quarterback’s agent finally chimed in on the matter.
Baker Mayfield helps lead Browns to the playoffs
After falling well short of the hype in 2019, the Browns answered the bell last season.
Cleveland captured its first playoff berth in nearly two decades behind an 11-5 regular-season record. Mayfield provided production steady behind 3,563 passing yards with 26 touchdown passes to eight interceptions while finishing with a career-best 95.9 passer rating.
He continued that into the playoffs by helping the Browns edge the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wildcard round win. Although Cleveland fell short against the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round, it didn’t undercut the positive upward trajectory
As the Browns build toward the 2021 campaign, Mayfield’s agent finally addressed the lingering situation around the quarterback.
Baker Mayfield’s agent finally says what every Browns Fan is expecting
As Mayfield enters the fourth year of his rookie contract, Cleveland’s focus shifts to his long-term future.
The Oklahoma product hasn’t wavered from his desire to extend his behind a lucrative contract. With the 2021 season inching closer, his agent Jack Mills told TheLandOnDemand.com that he believes Mayfield will secure a new deal at some point this summer.
“But I think something will be done this summer,” Mills said. “As far as trying to get a deal done, I don’t know if it’ll get done. It’s something that would be pretty much in the team’s control.”
The Browns don’t hold any urgency to work out an extension before the 2021 season as the 26-year-old remains under contract through next year due to the $18.8 million fifth-year option. It was a simple decision for the front office, especially with that salary being well below the average amount for a starting NFL quarterback.
Mayfield also chimed in, voicing he will let the situation play out as it may.
“Those guys are tremendous teammates. All coming in here together around the same time, that would be very special [if we were to sign contract extensions],” Mayfield said via USA TODAY Sports. “But that’s one of those things that I think everything happens for a reason. It’ll handle itself. So I’m just worried about winning.”
He may voice that he isn’t concerned, but it’s a matter that will linger in the back of his mind. At this point, it’s hard to determine what type of money he will command in his next contract as it’s hard to envision he will come near Patrick Mahomes’ $45 million average annual salary or even top Dak Prescott’s $40 million salary.
That said, Mayfield is well aware that his play on the field will determine if he receives the lucrative extension he desires.
Browns are eyeing a Super Bowl push in 2021
Beyond the off-the-field contract matter, Mayfield‘s focus is fixated toward building off last season’s success.
The 26-year-old is coming off a productive campaign that saw him help end the Browns’ nearly two-decade playoff drought. Meanwhile, the front office kept their foot on the gas this offseason by addressing defensive needs in the secondary and pass rush presence.
Cleveland inked defensive backs John Johnson III and Troy Hill and added defensive linemen Tak McKinley and Malik Jackson. The team possessed some notable flaws defensively it will need to eradicate to make a deep playoff push.
Mayfield will anchor the balanced offense, led by the two-headed rushing attack with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns will also have their star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry back healthy.
Ultimately, Cleveland has the pieces in place to take another significant stride toward becoming a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.