CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield did not lose his beginning job after a shedding season.
Browns common supervisor Andrew Berry stated Tuesday the workforce expects the quarterback to return as its starter subsequent season and rebound after an injury-filled, sub-par 2021 that raised questions on Mayfield’s future with Cleveland.
Mayfield tore a labrum in his left shoulder in Week 2, however continued to play whereas carrying a harness. The harm contributed to him enjoying poorly and contributed to the Browns (8-9) lacking the playoffs regardless of excessive expectations. He’ll have surgical procedure on Jan. 19.
Berry stated the workforce is assured Mayfield will “bounce again.”
“We’re wanting ahead to Baker getting wholesome within the offseason, after which having the kind of season we all know he can have transferring ahead,” Berry stated.
A part of the rationale for sticking with Mayfield, the No. 1 general choose in 2018, is the workforce’s familiarity with him, understanding his work ethic and his previous success in coach Kevin Stefanski’s system, Berry stated.
It is nonetheless potential the Browns may pursue different choices at quarterback, however Berry stays assured Mayfield will play higher.
The Browns have already exercised Mayfield’s $18.9 million contract possibility for subsequent season, however have but to debate a long-term extension with the QB, who led them to the postseason and a playoff win in 2020.
Berry stated he isn’t involved about Mayfield doubtlessly getting into subsequent season and not using a contract past 2022.
Mayfield sat out Sunday’s season finale in opposition to Cincinnati and missed two different video games — one to relaxation the shoulder, one after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
The 26-year-old Mayfield went 6-8 as a starter this season. He accomplished 253 of 418 passes with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, together with seven in his final three video games.