Baker Mayfield will seemingly be a really, very rich man finally. When that can occur remains to be anybody’s guess, although. It stays a powerful probability the previous first-overall choose lands his contract extension with the Cleveland Browns in some unspecified time in the future in 2021, however the timeline slides left or proper relying upon with whom you communicate. Because it stands, the 2 sides have reportedly not had any substantive talks as coaching camp approaches, per Mary Cabot of Cleveland.com, and negotiations might attain into the common season — into October.
That is in distinction with what one in all Mayfield’s brokers, Jack Mills, is speculating. Mills just lately famous he expects a deal to be completed this summer season, making it clear he’d relatively it get finalized a lot earlier than later.
“We’re not going to be dragging it out,” Mills stated. “I believe there’s been sufficient contracts completed for quarterbacks recently that give us a fairly good thought of what the market is. And, after all, we all know that the [salary] cap is not going up this yr nevertheless it’s going up subsequent yr and subsequent. We just about know what’s approaching down the highway and what’s been completed.
“We have no explicit reluctance about doing a deal. … However I believe one thing shall be completed this summer season.”
That stated, he additionally is not naive to the very fact the NFL is a enterprise.
“So far as making an attempt to get a deal completed, I do not know if it will get completed,” he added. “It is one thing that will be just about within the crew’s management.”
The Browns have been unequivocal up to now in publicly declaring their adoration for Mayfield as their QB of each now and into the horizon, having already exercised his fifth-year choice that retains him in Cleveland by means of the 2022 season. However the longer they wait to get a brand new deal completed, the extra it’ll inevitably price them, and never merely on account of a perennially rising market. It is also as a result of with Dak Prescott having now secured his historic deal from the Dallas Cowboys, each Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson are on monitor to probably blow previous him as early as this summer season with new offers from the Buffalo Payments and Baltimore Ravens, respectively.
Mayfield has been constant in his manufacturing in his first three seasons and noticed a big enchancment in his decision-making, going from a career-high 21 interceptions in 2019 to solely eight final season. That drove his passer score to a career-high mark of 95.9, and naming Kevin Stefanski as head coach in 2020 supplied an prompt spark alongside Mayfield.
The group desires to maintain that going for the long term, and Mayfield’s brokers are prepared to speak yesterday.