RUMOR: Baker Mayfield’s future with Browns could be determined with help from Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen
Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns have yet to work on a deal that would guarantee the quarterback a longer tenure with the team. That being said, the general consensus from both sides is that there’s going to be an extension deal offered for Mayfield down the road. What’s certain for now is that Mayfield will be with the Browns for at least another season beyond 2021 after Cleveland exercised his fifth-year option back in April.
But apart from that guaranteed salary for up to the end of the 2022 NFL season, a logical reason why Mayfield’s camp, in particular, isn’t in such a hurry to work out an extension with the Browns is that they’re waiting to see how Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen will their market values appraised, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
Another reason there’s “no rush,” as Mayfield stated during minicamp two weeks ago, is extensions for his 2018 draft classmates Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson will likely factor into the equation. If Allen and Jackson get their current market value of more than $42 million a year, there’s no way Mayfield is settling for $35 million.
Before Baker Mayfield arrived in Cleveland, the Browns had been in a long and frustrating search for stability under center. While the jury is still out for Mayfield, he’s the closest the Browns have to a franchise quarterback, though Cleveland probably hopes that he won’t be asking for an incredibly expensive deal once it’s time to seriously negotiate.