No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield signs rookie deal with Browns
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The Cleveland Browns avoided a holdout with No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/hoodie]Cleveland Browns Hoodie[/url] , inking the rookie to a four-year, $32.68 million contract, including a $21.85 million signing bonus and fifth-year team option, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.The contract includes offset language, meaning the Browns will not be on the hook for Mayfield’s guaranteed salary should they release him and he signs with another team, per the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.Mayfield was promoted to the Browns’ second-team offense during summer organized team activities, but he heads into training camp as a clear backup to recently acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor.Head coach Hue Jackson has maintained a hard-line stance on Mayfield’s prospects for earning the team’s starting quarterback job.“I’m not going to back off of this,” coach Hue Jackson said during rookie minicamp. “We can keep writing this narrative. Tyrod Taylor’s the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won’t change.”Jackson is obviously skeptical after trotting out rookies DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler well before they were ready to lead an NFL offense in each of the last two seasons.With Taylor slotted to begin, and presumably finish the season, there is little pressure on Mayfield to get onto the field and become a leader in his rookie season. But Mayfield is a competitor, and as the team’s primary backup—especially in Cleveland, and especially given Jackson’s propensity to flip-flop on his quarterback choices—he must be ready at all times to take the field and lead the Browns offense.Mayfield is aware of this and is heading into training camp with the mindset that he has to be ready to play if called on.“I wasn’t brought here to just start [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/customized]Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , I was brought here to help turn this thing around,” Mayfield said during a rookie minicamp press conference. “Whatever my role is that’s what I need to do. “Whether that’s playing scout team, or being the best backup possible, or playing. For me, I’m not worried about that, I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to be ready to play.”Mayfield now has no more hurdles to clear other than reporting to camp and letting it fly. We’ll see what role the Browns have in store for him after the young quarterback has a chance to show his progress in front of his coaches, and eventually to the world in the team’s upcoming preseason games.Tyrod Taylor is what he has always been Tyrod Taylor is the best bridge quarterback the Cleveland Browns have employed since Gary Danielson in 1985. The Tyrod Taylor that was on the field Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium is also likely going to be the Tyrod Taylor that Browns fans will see all season, which doesn’t negate the opening sentence.While the weather certainly played a factor as Taylor completed just 37.5 percent of his passes (15-of-40), that shouldn’t make fans believe that a different Taylor will line up under center next week against the New Orleans Saints. Taylor under threw several passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers, was hesitant to take chances down the field and looked to run rather than wait for a play to develop. And when he did wait, he often waited too long, which helped contribute to him taking seven sacks on the day. (Not to give the offensive line a pass, but you can’t hang all those sacks on those guys.)But Taylor also showed his toughness and [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com]www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com[/url] , despite things not going the Browns way, never gave up. That may not sound like much, but when his teammates see Taylor pick himself up and keep attacking, that is contagious. It is also part of being a leader at the quarterback position.That leadership was on display following the game as Taylor did not blame the weather or point fingers for his struggles (a lesson his head coach could learn from), according to clevelandbrowns.com:Basically, in just his first regular season game with the team, Taylor gave Browns fans a view of everything he is and is not as a quarterback. His numbers, most notably his completion percentage, will rise in the coming weeks, but he will still take sacks and still not take chances with the ball.Taylor has been in the NFL for eight years now, and at this point in his career he is what he is as a quarterback. To expect him to be anything else is not being realistic.
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