According to Mary Kat Cabot of cleveland.com, the Browns will pick up Mayfield’s fifth-year option for the 2022 season.
Mayfield will make $18.8 million for the 2022 season under the fifth-year option. As for the 2021 season, he’s currently set to make a little over $10 million.
This was a smart decision by the Browns, as it’ll give them more time to figure out whether or not Mayfield is their franchise quarterback.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 23, 2021
There was a lot of doubt surrounding Mayfield entering the 2020 season, but he proved his naysayers wrong with a really strong campaign. He completed 62.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Pro Football Focus actually had Mayfield graded as the eighth-best quarterback in the NFL last season. And let’s not forget he performed really well without superstar wideout Odell Beckham Jr. for most of the year.
Another productive year from Mayfield could result in him getting a long-term contract from the Browns.
Fortunately for Cleveland, it won’t have to make a decision on Mayfield until after the 2022 season. However, the two sides will most likely talk shop a little before then if the Oklahoma product looks even better this fall.
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