The Cleveland Browns have not had a strong history of quarterbacks lasting long as their starter, especially since the resurgence of the franchise in 1999. When only looking at quarterbacks who played for the franchise between 1999 and today, Baker Mayfield ranks third.
The only two quarterbacks that you have seen start for the Browns more are Derek Anderson and Tim Couch in the 21st century.
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Baker falls down the list though when you start to incorporate quarterbacks who played before 1999. Here is how the top 10 breaks down:
"1) Otto Graham (1946-1955): 114 Games Started 2) Brian Sipe (1974-1983): 112 3) Bernie Kosar (1985-1993): 105 4) Frank Ryan (1962-1968): 76 5) Tim Couch (1999-2003): 59 6) Bill Nelsen (1968-1972), Mike Phipps (1970-1976), Milt Plum (1957-1961): 51 9) Derek Anderson (2006-2009): 34 10) Vinny Testaverde (1993-1995): 31"
Baker Mayfield ranks 11th, just outside of the top-10 in games started at quarterback in Cleveland Browns history. If he is able to start all 16 games this upcoming season, he should find himself sitting in ninth place with 47 starts.
Over the next decade, Baker Mayfield should have the opportunity to skyrocket to the top of this list, considering 114 games is only a little over seven seasons in today’s NFL. With 85 starts needed to catch up to Otto Graham, Baker would only need to be the Browns starter for a little over five more seasons.
Considering the organization’s current faith in him as their future quarterback, this should be no problem for him to top. If Baker were to play another 10 seasons till he is 35, he should find himself starting another 160-169 games, factoring in whenever the NFL makes their jump to 17 game seasons.
With the increased amount of games per season and the transition to a more passing based NFL, Baker Mayfield should also be able to shatter the next record.