Quarterback Baker Mayfield proved a lot of his doubters wrong after his incredible 2020 season. But one former NFL GM remains unconvinced and has a message for the Cleveland Browns.
On Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s Get Up, former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum warned the Browns against giving Mayfield a contract extension this year. He declared that signing Mayfield to a long-term extension would be “binding (themselves) to mediocrity.”
“I would not sign him to an extension,” Tannenbaum said. “At best he is the sixth, maybe seventh, best QB in the AFC!”
Tannenbaum ranks Mayfield as the AFC’s eighth-best quarterback. He has Mayfield behind Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow and Carson Wentz (in that order).
Tannenbaum went on to say that the Browns will always be hindered by Mayfield’s size and lack of mobility. He ultimately feels that the Browns cannot win a championship with him.
.@RealTannenbaum thinks that if the Browns signed Baker Mayfield to an extension right now they would be “binding [themselves] to mediocrity.” 😳
“At best he is the sixth, maybe seventh, best QB in the AFC!” pic.twitter.com/no57omN3RW
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 8, 2021
Baker Mayfield is coming off one of the best seasons for a Cleveland Browns quarterback in decades. He completed 63-percent of his passes for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in 2020.
The Browns went 11-5 with Mayfield, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and winning their first playoff game in over 25 years, beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Clearly that wasn’t enough to convince Mike Tannenbaum that Mayfield is worthy of an extension. But by all accounts, Mayfield and the Browns are working on one.
Mayfield is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal and the Browns have already picked up his fifth year option. It may not come this year, but that extension is most likely coming.
Do you agree with Mike Tannenbaum’s take on Baker Mayfield?