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Baker Mayfield Contract Rumor: Browns Trying to Fast Track Extension

Larry Rupp
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly trying to fast track a contract extension with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly trying to fast track a contract extension with quarterback Baker Mayfield. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Members of the 2018 NFL Draft class are reaching the point of signing contract extensions with their respective teams and it looks like Baker Mayfield could be the first quarterback to get a deal done. Reports say the Cleveland Browns are attempting to fast track an extension before the season begins.

It would be smart of the Browns to sign Mayfield to a new contract before fellow 2018 Draft QBs Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson sign theirs. Locking Mayfield in now decreases the risk of having to pay him even more as the market for QBs is constantly getting reset financially.

The former No. 1 overall pick still seems to have a ways to go before developing into a franchise star. However, he seems to be adored by Cleveland fans and signing Mayfield to a new deal would only prove the organization's trust in him. He did lead the team to its first postseason berth since 2002.

Overall, Mayfield has had an up-and-down start to his career as he owns a 23-22 record as a starter and has yet to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season. On the positive side, he has accounted for 79 total touchdowns in three seasons and is a reliable presence in a run-heavy Browns offense.

The 26-year-old gunslinger is expected to earn a contract extension worth upwards of $30+ million per year and it seems like Cleveland wants to make sure that number doesn't get any higher.

The Browns head into the fall with odds set at -250 to make the playoffs and odds set at +1600to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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