Baker Mayfield Says Contract Extension Will Handle Itself

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  • Baker Mayfield says he is in no rush to get his contract extension deal done.
  • Mayfield is coming off a breakout season where he ranked 10th in QBR.
  • The Browns are a +1600 to win Super Bowl LVI while Mayfield is a +2500 to win MVP honors.

After a breakout 2020 season both personally and team-wise, Baker Mayfield may be feeling the pressure on the football field during camp. But Mayfield isn’t pressured about his looming contract extension.

During a Zoom interview on Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns’ starting QB said:

“I’m in no rush because I’m just trying to win games. It’ll handle itself. I’m sure [his agents} Tom and Jack Mills are handling that. I don’t try and feed to much into that because that’s wasting my time and energy and thought process on stuff that I’m not in control of right now. So I’m going to handle what I can control.”

Of course, the Brown have already picked up Mayfield’s 5th year option, which is worth $18.86M for the 2022 season so there is really no need for urgency to get an extension deal done before the start of training camp in July. It could even spill over to the 2021 season, which could benefit him if he has another good campaign.

Regardless, Mayfield’s current focus is winning and living up to higher expectations. Because after that, everything will take care of itself.

Breakout Season

Mayfield is coming off a breakout season where the former no. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft led the Browns to their first playoff victory in 26 seasons. In Cleveland’s first postseason appearance since 2002, Mayfield threw three touchdowns and a total of 263 passing yards as the Browns beat the Steelers and ended their 17-game losing streak in Pittsburgh.

He finished the season with 3,563 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions while completing 63% of his passes. Mayfield’s QBR rating of 72.2 ranked 10th overall in the league and from Week 7 to Week 15, his QBR ranked only next to league MVP Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.

The 25-year old became the 18th quarterback in the history of the NFL to pass for 3,500+ yards with 25+ passing touchdowns and 8 interceptions or fewer. Among the 18, only Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Mayfield are the quarterbacks with a height under 6-2.

Browns Odds

After winning 11 games and making the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last season, the best NFL betting sites have set the Browns’ 2021 season win total to 10 and their odds to make the playoffs at -210. Cleveland is also a very close second to win the AFC North at +140, behind the Baltimore Ravens who are at +130.

In the bigger picture, Cleveland is fourth behind the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC Conference at +750. Meanwhile, the Browns are tied with the Ravens and Green Bay Packers for the 4th best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +1600.

Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski currently ranks 2nd in the Coach of the Year oddsboard at +1200 behind Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach Brandon Staley who is at +1000. Myles Garrett is the odds on favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year honors at +300 while Mayfield is tied for the 7th best odds to win the 2021 NFL MVP award at +2500.

No question the expectations are much higher this season for the Cleveland Browns. But with Mayfield continuing to improve and the prospect of a better defensive unit this season, sky is the limit for the Browns.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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