Baker Mayfield Sheds Light Over Potential Contract Extension With the Browns

Published 04/27/2021, 2:44 PM EDT
Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball past Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Baker Mayfield had a strong season with the Cleveland Browns last year. After struggling for the first few seasons of his career, Mayfield was able to lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance in nearly two decades.

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Furthermore, he was also one of the key figures in the Browns pulling off the shock upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard round of the playoffs. But it appears he isn’t in a rush to sign a contract extension.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield spoke to the press recently. He noted that his contract extension could be directly linked to the success the Browns have. Mayfield added that things will take the course that they need to.

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He just took up his fifth-year option, so signing a new contract isn’t a focus right now. Rather, Mayfield wants to go out and try to win as many games as possible in the new season.

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) on the sideline against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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“If we win games, everything will happen how it should. That’s my mentality and I truly do believe that…Whatever happens, happens. But it really is out of my control at this point.

The fifth-year option just happened, so a long-term deal I think is a little bit on the backburner for me. I’m not worried about it. I want to go out and win games, and I think everything happens for a reason. So we’ll see what happens.”

Baker Mayfield in no rush to extend his contract

Mayfield’s comments come as a bit of a surprise. There are players from his draft class such as Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen who have either signed or are close to signing extensions with their teams.

Given how successful Mayfield was with the Browns last year, there could be a worry that he doesn’t see his future with the Browns, hence why he isn’t committing. However, this could also be a negotiation tactic from Mayfield’s end.

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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For Baker Mayfield, winning is clearly a priority. Last year was a refreshing change of pace for the Cleveland Browns. After years of struggles, they finally made a playoff appearance after several years.

Furthermore, they got an upset win over the Steelers and made things difficult for the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. So Browns fans will feel optimistic heading into the new season with the current crop of players.

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Should Baker Mayfield sign a contract extension soon? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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