Nick Chubb just got a new deal but that doesn’t mean Baker Mayfield should be next.
We here at the Factory of Sadness believe full-well that Baker Mayfield is our quarterback of the future. The Browns have won more games with him in the last three consecutive seasons than in any three consecutive seasons since 1992-1994. Whether that’s an indictment on the franchise for the last near-30 years or just a sign that Mayfield is as good as advertised is up for debate.
And that’s what we’re going to do today, debate the merits of giving Mayfield an extension so soon and looking at the three biggest reasons to wait for such a deal. After all, it’s not like there aren’t arguments against giving him the contract so quickly.
To be clear, we’d be fine with Mayfield getting a brand new deal, but there are some concerns we feel fans should think about before it happens. It comes down to realizing that there is fair criticism against Mayfield and doing our best to understand it. While there is fair criticism, we just think what we got from the 2020 season is far more likely to be Mayfield’s norm than the up-and-down 2019 season that got a lot of people fired.
So it’s only prudent and fair to do a Devil’s advocate breakdown of Mayfield and his extension talk since we did something very similar for Nick Chubb after he got his extension. It’s not as much about taking a stand for or against a new Mayfield deal as it is us doing our due diligence and having the conversations we need to have.
If we understand the cons just as well as we understand the pros, then we’ll be better apt to have a more involved and intuitive conversation. So even though we’re Team Mayfield, let’s take a look at some of the biggest arguments against giving him a major extension right now.
You can click here, or read until the end of the column to see the three reasons not to wait and get an extension done this season.