Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rushes back to the locker room after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Report: No ‘substantive’ contract talks between Baker Mayfield, Browns

The Cleveland Browns and quarterback Baker Mayfield have yet to engage in any “substantive talks” about a contract extension, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Sunday.

Per the report, neither side feels a sense of urgency to complete a deal before the season.

The Browns picked up the fifth-year option for their former No. 1 overall draft selection, which covers the 2022 season. But NFL teams like the Browns can work on extensions for their 2018 first-round picks starting this offseason.

That also includes quarterbacks like 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson with the Baltimore Ravens and Josh Allen with the Buffalo Bills. The new crop of young quarterbacks receiving mega-deals will reset the market for a player like Mayfield, who now has a playoff win under his belt but has yet to earn a Pro Bowl appearance.

Mayfield has started every game for Cleveland since Week 4 of his rookie year, bringing stability to a position the franchise had only dreamed of for years. In 46 career games (45 starts), Mayfield has thrown for 11,115 yards, 75 touchdowns and 43 interceptions with a career passer rating of 89.1.

The Browns are 23-22 in his 45 starts. Mayfield led them to an 11-5 record in 2020 as well as their first playoff win since 1995 with a wild-card round victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Earlier this month, Mayfield told reporters he was in no rush to get an extension done.

“It will handle itself,” Mayfield said. “I’m sure (agents) Tom and Jack Mills are handling that. I don’t try and feed too much into that because it’s wasting my time and energy and thought process on stuff that I am not in control of right now, so I’m gonna handle what I can control.”

Mayfield would earn $18.858 million in 2022 if he played on his fifth-year option.

–Field Level Media