Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is starting to be associated with Tom Brady, but it doesn’t mean he’s the heir to Brady’s throne in New England.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has taken the NFL by storm and appears to be the league’s next superstar. He is charismatic on and off the field and has the potential of being one of the next best quarterback.
He showed his talent during his first season in the NFL and was close to winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 14 games last season, Mayfield completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Because of what he showed during his rookie season, there are some that believe Mayfield will become the face of the NFL once New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady retires.
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That thought has especially gained momentum this offseason because the two have built a subtle connection. It started with the NFL 100 commercial, as Brady handed Mayfield his Super Bowl rings during one of the scenes. Brady also invited Mayfield to be a part of his Kentucky Derby crew.
But Mayfield’s connection with Brady has not only drawn the attention of Browns fans, as some Patriots fans have also taken notice. There is one notable Patriots fan, Mark Wahlberg, who even thinks that Mayfield will be at some point joining New England.
TMZ released a video Saturday of Wahlberg saying that Mayfield will be the heir to Brady’s throne once Brady decides to retire. This is the second time Wahlberg has made this prediction, as he said in June 2018 that Mayfield would be on New England’s roster after Brady retires.
However, it is hard to imagine a player like Mayfield wanting to immediately follow in someone’s footsteps. Mayfield has shown a personality and drive that makes it obvious that he wants to be able to create his own legacy. Joining the Patriots after Brady retires would make it hard for Mayfield to do that, as everything he would do would be compared to Brady.
Being able to turn around the Browns and attempt to win the franchise’s first championship since 1964 would certainly create a legacy that would match Mayfield’s competitiveness. He has said before that he wants to be the man who turns the franchise around and will likely do whatever he can to accomplish that goal.
And in the case of the Browns, they will likely do everything in their power to have Mayfield in Cleveland for his entire career. They had spent years trying to find their franchise quarterback, and they were able to do so when they drafted Mayfield. So letting Mayfield leave at some point during his career would be hard to justify.
Whenever Mayfield is eligible for a contract extension, it may take a record-breaking deal to sign Mayfield long-term. But as hard as it is to find quarterback that can take a team to the next level, teams have to give out those types of contracts to keep quarterbacks of that caliber on their rosters.
Mayfield has been able to overcome the odds throughout his entire football career, and he hopes to do that in Cleveland and win the franchise their first Super Bowl. It is an opportunity that would be tough to accomplish, but something that would put a player’s name in history.
It is a challenge that Mayfield relishes and would define his NFL career. It is such a great opportunity for Mayfield that it is hard to picture the quarterback wanting to move away from it, which is why Mayfield will not be the heir to Brady’s throne with the New England Patriots.