Browns plan to move forward with Baker Mayfield as their QB -

The Browns will head into the offseason with plans to maintain Baker Mayfield as their quarterback for 2022, sources say.

Coming off a playoff run closing season, Cleveland has stumbled to 7-9 this season as Mayfield tried to battle through plenty of massive accidents, throwing seven interceptions in his remaining three games. He'll pass over Sunday's finale in opposition t the Bengals and bear surgical procedure subsequent week to repair his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

a variety of eventualities were rumored, together with Mayfield eager to stream on and the Browns desperate to circulation on. Barring a dramatic shift, it does not seem both development is on the horizon.

Mayfield and Browns teach Kevin Stefanski spoke Friday as a part of general exit meetings, and sources say both are on the identical web page. The No. 1 common prefer in 2018, Mayfield is coming into the last yr of his rookie contract -- a completely certain $18.858 million fifth-yr alternative -- and the expectation as of now is he'll play it out in Cleveland.

In December, Mayfield mirrored in an NFL network interview on the difficulties of the season, asserting: "The complicated part about this year, has been loads of internal things. It hasn't just been the outdoor noise."

To make sure, it wasn't best. Mayfield tore his labrum in his left shoulder early within the season and elected to retain enjoying. He also suffered a shoulder fracture along with other accidents, missing three video games.

Statistically, it turned into a step again from an outstanding 2020 that saw him lead Cleveland to the playoffs. Mayfield is on injured reserve and Case Keenum will beginning Sunday against the Bengals. (apply squad gamers and people on IR have their meetings with Stefanski and widely wide-spread manager Andrew Berry earlier than the end of the season.)

whereas some verbal exchange issues lingered this season, and there turned into frustration with the on-container product, there's numerous blame to head around. From game-plan issues to execution, it changed into all rocky. it truly is what regularly happens when a team misses the playoffs.

The belief is the considerations aren't too high-quality to beat, and recent conversations have supported that. Sources say either side will continue to work on the relationships relocating ahead.

Logistically, a exchange would not make a whole lot experience. How might the Browns understand they'd improve at QB, whereas simultaneously attempting to deal a QB in the ultimate yr of his contract who is additionally undergoing shoulder surgical procedure that requires a 4-month restoration? and the way may Mayfield request a exchange and discover a group better geared up to win (Cleveland just made the playoffs final year and returns its core for 2022 with a protection that got here collectively down the stretch), while present process extensive rehab for his shoulder?

With the Browns and Mayfield relocating forward for 2022, it does installation the likely (and fairly infrequent) situation of Mayfield taking part in out his rookie contract, sources say. If he plays smartly, Mayfield may follow the path of Kirk Cousins, playing on franchise tag to franchise tag until the facets can conform to an extension.

little question, this might be a huge subject of discussion next season. however now, all signs factor to Mayfield and the Browns carrying on with to stream ahead within the identical route.

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