There is no doubt that Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns underachieved in 2021. Will he get a chance for redemption in 2022?
The 2022 offseason has begun for the Cleveland Browns and there are currently a lot of looming questions within the organization. After an extremely disappointing 2021 season, the pressure will be on Andrew Berry (General Manager) and Kevin Stefanski (Head Coach) to get things back on track.
Trust me, in 22 years of watching this team, I have seen many failures. But after making the playoffs last year, winning their first playoff game in more than 25 years, and retooling this defense to be elite. 2021 is by far the biggest disappointment I’ve yet to witness.
The good news for the Browns, there are a lot of young pieces on this roster with a ton of talent. Guys like Nick Chubb, Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and Wyatt Teller all have long careers ahead of them, and hopefully, they will all be with the Browns. Let’s not forget a guy like Myles Garrett either, who could easily land multiple defensive most valuable player awards before his career is all said and done.
The bad news, Berry has a ton of difficult decisions to make before the 2022 season. Should Jadeveon Clowney be brought back, and at what price? Should he resign Ward before the season or wait until after his fifth-year options? How aggressive should he be to sign a top-tier free agent at wide-receiver?
All those will be difficult, but perhaps the most difficult will be Baker Mayfield. While an extension certainly doesn’t look likely before 2022, there are some that believe he is the long-term answer and others that want him gone now. Here are three reasons I don’t see him leaving any before the 2023 season.