Mayfield, 26, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is now set to play next season on the $18.858 million fifth-year option of his rookie contract. According to NFL Network's report, "the expectation as of now is he'll play it out in Cleveland."
One report said that Mayfield and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski have butted heads to the point that the quarterback could ask to be traded in the offseason. But Mayfield emphatically denied that claim in a tweet that accused the reporter of putting words in his mouth.
Clickbait. You and many other Cleveland local media continue to be drama stirring reporters with no sources or facts. Don’t put words in my mouth so you can put food on your table. I’m not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022
Mayfield struggled through a shoulder injury for almost the entire 2021 season after suffering a partially torn labrum in Week 2. While he still managed to play 14 games, Mayfield was ruled out of the Browns' Week 18 matchup to have shoulder surgery "as soon as possible."
A year ago, Mayfield finished the 2020 season with 26 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a career-best 95.9 passer rating. The Browns finished 11-5 and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. This season, Mayfield regressed in every statistical category, finishing with 17 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 83.1 passer rating.