Assuming Baker Mayfield rebounds in 2020, and the expectation is that he’ll ball out under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns must get their ducks in a row and lock the former No. 1 pick down.
As the Chiefs correctly showed, a franchise quarterback is basically priceless, as Patrick Mahomes was rewarded with a 10-year contract that could be potentially worth $503 million.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabbot doesn’t foresee Mayfield getting a Mahomes-esque deal just because the Chiefs’ field general is in a different stratosphere.
Cabot doesn’t think the trend will be to starting dishing out decade-long deals, though, and she noted that if Mayfield performs well and puts himself back in line for a second contract, the deal he gets may be similar to what Deshaun Watson gets from Houston, and what Dak Prescott gets from the Cowboys.
Watson just became eligible for an extension this offseason, while Prescott recently signed the franchise tag for $31.4 million. Both players are believed to be seeking long-term extensions.