Cleveland Browns: 5 2021 New Year’s resolutions

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) gets his team fired up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]Browns 15 1
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) gets his team fired up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]Browns 15 1 /
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3. Extend Wyatt Teller

Vernon was brought to Cleveland in exchange for Kevin Zeitler, one of the NFL’s best guards for two seasons with the Browns. His replacement for the first seven games of 2019, journeyman Eric Kush, did not fare well.

Wyatt Teller, acquired from the Buffalo Bills, started the final nine games, and was solid in pass protection but struggled in the run game. He was considered the team’s weak link on the start-studded offensive line heading into 2020, but instead, he’s proven to be its best member.

Two freak injuries have limited Teller to 10 games, but those games he’s missed only serve to highlight his importance. The Browns average nearly 100 rushing yards less when he doesn’t play, and score almost 13 fewer points per game. It’s incredible to see a singular offensive lineman make that much of a difference, especially a guard (considered the less valuable position), and especially when the team has three All-Pro level lineman and a rookie who is already an excellent pass protector.

Teller is now wrapping up his third NFL campaign, which means he’ll be eligible to sign an extension this offseason. He was elite in every sense of the word in 2020, and needs to be a Brown for a very long time.