GATES MILLS — Baker Mayfield is letting everybody else stress over his contract scenario and future with the Browns.
He’s bought different priorities.
“I’m about profitable,” Mayfield stated Tuesday whereas internet hosting greater than 300 kids at his soccer camp. “And I believe all the pieces will play itself out. I’m not fearful about it in any respect as a result of if we win, we’re headed in the fitting path.”
Mayfield is eligible to obtain an extension this summer time from the Browns, who don’t appear in any rush to decide to the 26-year-old quarterback, who raised his recreation final season by serving to Cleveland finish a playoff drought stretching to 2003.
The group exercised Mayfield’s $18.8 million fifth-year possibility for 2022 in April, a robust sign the Browns view him as their franchise QB.
Nonetheless, there have been no severe negotiations up to now, and the group could also be ready to see if Mayfield can duplicate his success from final season — or enhance — earlier than making an even bigger dedication.
Additionally, the contract conditions with Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Buffalo’s Josh Allen — each drafted in 2018 after Mayfield went No. 1 — may have an effect on the timing of any deal. Mayfield’s brokers, Tom and Jack Mills, could wish to see the place the bar is about earlier than getting deeper into talks.
Till he indicators a brand new deal, Mayfield’s future with the Browns will stay a sizzling matter of dialog and debate round Cleveland, the place expectations for the upcoming season couldn’t be larger.
After so many depressing seasons and training modifications since their enlargement return in 1999, the Browns, who went 12-6 final season and gained their first playoff recreation since 1994, are thought of Tremendous Bowl contenders.
With the opening of coaching camp lower than every week away, Mayfield is already making an attempt to rein in any assumptions.
“The factor I all the time attempt to harp on is final 12 months doesn’t matter, good or dangerous,” he stated. “You must begin recent. It doesn’t matter in case your group was within the Tremendous Bowl otherwise you didn’t win a recreation. You must construct the inspiration to concentrate on the subsequent season.”
Mayfield thrived in first-year Browns coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive system final season. This 12 months would be the QB’s first when he doesn’t should study new terminology and schemes, and that continuity would appear to present him an enormous benefit.
Mayfield, although, reiterated nothing is definite.
“We’ve got to begin recent. We’ve got to maintain that basis and construct on these blocks we’ve already laid down,” he stated. “Nothing goes to be given. We’ve got to exit and work for it. It’s not simply going to occur simply because we’re the identical gamers, similar system. We’ve got to go on the market and do our job.”
Doing their jobs took on new that means for the Browns and different NFL groups in 2020 because the COVID-19 virus offered unprecedented challenges. Cleveland was among the many most impacted groups with All-Professional defensive finish Myles Garrett lacking video games after falling sick, and Stefanski having to take a seat out the wild-card recreation at Pittsburgh after testing optimistic.
The Browns hope to get to the league-required 85% vaccination fee to reduce virus protocols. Mayfield, who was sporting a masks contained in the group’s headquarters throughout minicamp in June, indicated he’s gotten the vaccine and hopes others comply with him.
“It’s a aggressive benefit nevertheless it’s additionally far more than that,” he stated. “It’s about security and simply common well being and well-being of human life. So I’d depart it at that.”
NOTES: Mayfield was joined at camp by former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, who took half in some enjoyable competitions with the youngsters. … The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, Mayfield just isn’t a fan of the Massive 12’s latest announcement to crack down on any gamers who flash the “horns down” image at Texas gamers. “So ought to it’s a penalty in the event that they do horns up at one other participant?” Mayfield stated earlier than sarcastically including, “I’m simply completely happy they’re defending the Longhorns now.”