The Browns plan to move forward with Baker Mayfield as their quarterback in 2022, according to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. There’s been talk of both sides wanting to move on, but the expectation is that Mayfield will remain under center in Cleveland.
This hasn’t been a banner year for Mayfield, but he was clearly hampered by his injured shoulder. Hopefully, that’ll all be in order following his surgery, scheduling for later this week. For now, he’ll be watching from a distance as the Browns wrap their season against the Bengals.
Mayfield finished tenth leaguewide in QBR last year. This season, he’s towards the backend of the list, but the Browns believe there will be better days ahead. As it stands, they have Mayfield under contract for one more season, thanks to his fully-guaranteed $18.9MM fifth-year option. As expected, they’ll table extension talks until sometime in the future, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com tweets.
Mayfield, 27 in April, will finish with a 60.5% completion rate, 3,010 passing yards and 17 touchdowns against 13 interceptions this year. That’s a dramatic step back from his 2020 stats — 3,563 yards, 26 TDs, and eight INTs with a 62.8% success rate.