Conflicting reports have been made as it relates to Baker Mayfield’s rookie contract. One of Mayfield’s agents said last month that he expected something to be done this summer as far as getting an extension done for his client. Several days later, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that negotiations between the Browns and Mayfield’s representatives could bleed into the regular season.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the Browns’ quarterback didn’t appear to be phased when asked about his contract situation. Mayfield has two years remaining on his current contract after the Browns picked up his fifth-year option earlier this offseason.
“I’m about winning,” Mayfield said, via Cabot. “I think everything will play itself out. I’m not worried about it at all because, if we win, we’re heading in the right direction.”
Like Mayfield, Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (also members of the 2018 draft class) saw their fifth-year options picked up this offseason. Allen would be reportedly willing to work with Buffalo on his extension in order to help the Bills strengthen a roster that advanced to the AFC Championship Game in 2020. Jackson, the 2019 league MVP, is hoping to get an extension done this summer that would pay him roughly $40 million per season, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The offseason’s biggest quarterback contract so far was the one Dak Prescott received from the Cowboys in March. The two-time Pro Bowler penned a four-year, $160 million contract that included a $66 million signing bonus and $126 million guaranteed. Prescott’s deal was completed a year after Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a record-setting contract that added up to $450 million over 10 years.
While he may not be considered on the same level as some of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, Mayfield is coming off a 2020 season that saw him flourish in new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski’s offense. After a tumultuous 2019 campaign, Mayfield threw over three times as many touchdown passes (26) as interceptions (eight) last season while leading the Browns to their best season since 1994. Stefanski is hoping that Mayfield can make another significant jump in 2021.
“I hope it is significantly better,” Stefanski said of what he expects from Mayfield this season, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He has heard these plays over and over again. We have streamlined concepts, and we have tried to adjust what we do based on his strengths and our players’ strengths. I would hope he is much more comfortable from that perspective. That is what time allows you to do — time together.”