Baker Mayfield silenced doubters after an impressive 3rd season as the Browns QB1. But while some still had their doubts about Mayfield leading the roster going forward, GM Andrew Berry is confident in his QB.
Baker Mayfield led the Browns to their first playoff win since 1994. Despite his success, however, the former 1st overall pick was mentioned in hypothetical trade talks for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. But the team and Berry were quick to shut the rumours down. And then the organisation put their money where their mouth is after deciding to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, which currently has an $18.8 million price tag.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t the one embracing Cleveland at their worst.
aron Rodgers wasn’t the one who ended the 19 year QB search.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t the one who cried when the Browns broke an 18 year playoff drought because he understood what it meant.
Baker Mayfield was. pic.twitter.com/4NNSOZHqhq
— Nick Karns (@karnsies817) May 5, 2021
Andrew Berry impressed with Mayfield’s progress on the field and off of it.
With Mayfield finally entering an offseason without a head coaching change and an offensive system, Andrew Berry seems confident with the Oklahoma alum leading the Browns.
“Baker, over the past year, has shown an enormous amount of growth, and I think that’s both on the field and then, quite honestly, off the field as well,” Berry said, via Audacy. “So, we are excited. He’s going into his first offseason where the coaching staff, offensive system is exactly the same not to mention that there’s been very little turnover on the offensive side of the ball.
And we’re excited about him continuing to make strides under Kevin Stefanski’s tutelage in this offense because we think he’s a very talented player. We think he’s very skilled, and he really embodies the characteristics that we want in our program. So, we’re excited about his potential this upcoming year and he’s been hard at work this entire offseason.”
QB Rankings ahead of the 2021 season
— PFF (@PFF) May 19, 2021
This year is crucial for the Browns. The team still has players like Nick Chubb and Denzel Ward on their rookie deals and with the team loaded on both sides of the ball, the team has a real chance for competing for the Super Bowl. And the Browns success could depend on how Baker Mayfield plays.
Mayfield’s career has been a rollercoaster. He set the record for touchdowns by a rookie QB but then had a disappointing sophomore season, throwing 21 interceptions. However, he bounced back with a solid season in 2020.
Mayfield finished his third NFL season with 3,563 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had the Browns just a few plays away from clinching a spot in the AFC Championship.
Dec. 29, 2002: the last time the Cleveland Browns clinched a playoff spot.
Until today. pic.twitter.com/d6A53VnQtq
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 3, 2021
Baker Mayfield looks to have made steady progress in the offseason. With a solid offensive system that highlights his strengths and limits his weaknesses, we could see him take another big step forward in 2021.