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Baker Mayfield Contract Extension With Browns Could Happen Before Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen

Larry Rupp
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could sign an extension before a number of other notable NFL players.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could sign an extension before a number of other notable NFL players. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns are riding high after making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2002. Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield seems to be in line for a contract extension and reports claim it could be finished before Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson agree to one with their respective teams.

In fact, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN believes that Mayfield being behind Allen and Jackson from a performance perspective is the main reason why his deal could get done sooner. The young signal-caller still seems to have a ways to go before developing into a franchise star.

"I suspect they will chip away at a potential deal with Mayfield in the coming months. And I'm told Mayfield feels he's in a much better place with Cleveland than he was, say, 18 months ago."

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and has had an up-and-down career thus far. He owns just a 23-22 record as a starter and has yet to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season. However, he has accounted for 79 total touchdowns in three seasons and is a reliable presence in a run-heavy Browns offense.

Cleveland is banking on the idea of Mayfield still having potential to grow even more at the professional level. The 26-year-old gunslinger is expected to earn a contract extensions worth upwards of $30+ million per year as the market for QBs continues to increase every year.

The Browns currently have odds set at -250 to make the playoffs and odds set at +1600 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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