Jack Mills, the lead agent for Browns QB Baker Mayfield‘s team, told Tony Grossi he’s optimistic about a new deal coming soon, though extension talks with the Browns have included “no specifics” or a timetable.
“But I think something will be done this summer,” Mills said. “As far as trying to get a deal done, I don’t know if it’ll get done. It’s something that would be pretty much in the team’s control.”
Mills added that Mayfield has no problem being the first of the 2018 quarterback class to sign a long-term deal and he isn’t waiting for others to set the market to try and beat it.
“We’re not going to be dragging it out,” Mills said. “I think there’s been enough contracts done for quarterbacks lately that give us a pretty good idea of what the market is. And, of course, we know that the [salary] cap isn’t going up this year but it’s going up next year and next. We pretty much know what’s coming on down the road and what’s been done. We don’t have any particular reluctance about doing a deal.”
Cleveland has moved to lock up other core pieces like DE Myles Garrett early so Mills believes they’ll approach Mayfield in a similar manner.
“I would think that shows their – oh, I guess – tendency to get things done with key people,” Mills said. “Let’s put it this way, we don’t have any indication that they don’t want to do something. It’s just a question of when they get around to it.”
Mayfield, 25, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma in 2018. He’s entering the fourth year of a four-year, $32.68 million rookie deal that included a $21.85 million signing bonus.
The Browns exercised Mayfield’s fifth-year option which will cost Cleveland $18.858 million fully guaranteed in 2022.
In 2020, Mayfield appeared in all 16 games for the Browns and completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 54 times for 165 yards and an additional touchdown.
We’ll have more on Mayfield as the news is available.