Baker Mayfield has 100 million reasons to have a bounce-back year.
The Cleveland Browns failed to live up to the hype last year after their offseason saw them add Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Unfortunately, for the Browns, quarterback Baker Mayfield regressed after a promising rookie season and felt the weight of expectations crush him.
Will 2020 be a different story for Mayfield and the Browns?
Well, he’s hoping so and the fans are too. In fact, Mayfield has about 100 million reasons why he should be positioning himself for his best season to date.
If Mayfield has another season as he had in 2020 when he threw 21 interceptions to 22 touchdowns and saw his completion percentage drop to 59.4 as the Browns limped to a 6-10 record.
With Beckham, Landry and Chubb back and the Browns upgrading the offensive line in free agency with the signing of Jack Conklin and in the draft with first-round pick Jedrick Wills, Mayfield has been supported by the team who won’t tolerate any excuses in 2020.
This is the year the Browns need to return to the playoffs. If that happens, Mayfield will be in line for a rich contract extension that will easily top $100 million and make him one of the top-paid young quarterbacks in the entire NFL.
No, he won’t get the type of money that Patrick Mahomes will get from the Kansas City Chiefs. But Mayfield should command a deal that locks him up in Cleveland for the next five-plus years and north of $30 million per year. Mayfield could be looking for the type of deal that former No. 1 pick Jared Goff or No. 2 pick Carson Wentz received. That would put Mayfield in range of a $130-plus million deal and among the top six-eight highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
If Mayfield has a career-year and looks like the Heisman winner from his days at Oklahoma and puts himself in contention for the NFL MVP, he could be looking at a very big contract next spring.
If Mayfield looks like he did in 2019, then he could be looking at a Jameis Winston scenario where he isn’t even re-signed by the team that spent the No. 1 pick on him.