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The Cleveland Browns are reportedly in a stronger position to get a long-term contract extension done with Baker Mayfield than the Baltimore Ravens (Lamar Jackson) or Buffalo Bills (Josh Allen) are with their young quarterbacks.
Mayfield being behind Jackson and Allen from a performance perspective will reportedly make negotiations “easier,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter:
“So some people around the league believe this could get done the soonest because [Lamar Jackson] and [Josh Allen] are mostly top-five-to-seven quarterbacks. They’re considered high-end guys, where Baker is still working his way into that. Maybe a bit of a different market could be easier to get done. The Browns have made it clear they want to keep their core intact the best they can. They got guard Wyatt Teller, cornerback Denzel Ward, running back Nick Chubb and Mayfield. In a perfect world, they’d love to try to keep all of those guys, so I suspect they will chip away at a potential deal with Mayfield in the coming months. And I’m told Mayfield feels he’s in a much better place with Cleveland than he was, say, 18 months ago. They were coming off that rough year, it was hard to know what to expect with their offensive identity. Now, Mayfield is a big part of that identity for the future.”
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