Player No. 1 – Baker Mayfield
Before I even start, I’m not saying the Cleveland Browns shouldn’t extend Baker Mayfield, I’m saying they shouldn’t before the start of the 2022 season. This strategy could cost the organization some money if he turns things around next year, but he needs to prove he can play as he did in the second half of 2019 again before I want to back a truck of money up to him.
As I stated before, I’m not giving up on Mayfield yet, but we must be honest and admit he hasn’t been great in 2021. I know he has a ton of injuries he’s fighting through, the offensive line has struggled, and his receiving corps is as weak as any in the NFL.
Even with all that, it just doesn’t always feel right. Mayfield seems to struggle with accuracy, panics in the pocket, and is still turning the ball over too much.
I want to give him another full year in the offense with everyone healthy and a recreated wide receiver room. And with the fifth year of his contract fully guaranteed, you’re more than likely going to get to see that. But Berry needs to see results before a big extension.
I would rather pay Mayfield $20 million more over three or four years, than sign Mayfield to a deal that he doesn’t deserve.