Baker Mayfield expects NFL to play full season

Browns QB says “I’m staying optimistic because the world needs sports”

Daryl Ruiter
May 27, 2020 - 3:16 pm
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield may enjoy playing the role of underdog, but he’s also an optimist.

As the country begins to recover and reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball plot their returns, Mayfield believes the NFL will play this fall.

“I’m expecting to have a full season,” Mayfield said Wednesday on a Zoom call with reporters.

Mayfield has been in Texas where he’s been binge watching shows when he’s not working on his footwork, golf game or playing board games.

But he admits he’s had enough of that and wants to get back to doing what he does best, play football.

“I’m staying optimistic because the world needs sports,” Mayfield said. “We need to be safe with that in mind but I think hopefully soon it will start to open up and we’ll have football back again because I know I need something to watch on TV right now. It’d be great to watch the playoffs in basketball, so it’s good to hear the news that other sports are attempting that.

“I think that’s the blessing in disguise with football having a later start to the season so we get to see how people handle it, see how it goes before we really have to make any rash decisions.”

Player safety is at the forefront of conversations as the NFL begins its process to returning.

Last week, the NFL allowed teams to begin allowing up to 50% of support staff, but no more than 75 employees, to return to work so long as local officials and guidelines permit.

The Browns, who under Ohio guidelines are allowed to reopen their Berea facility, have yet to do so as of Wednesday.

“I think there is a lot of steps that people are taking now, washing your hands and doing all the basic stuff we have talked about with social distancing,” Mayfield said. “As it continues on, there will be different steps that everybody takes just throughout everyday life.”

Browns center JC Tretter is in the middle of the conversations with league officials as NFLPA president which gives Mayfield even more confidence about the safety of returning to the field.

“Once we get there down the road – I can’t predict what there will be, some better treatments and things like that – I am expecting a good process and for us to be able to open up,” Mayfield said. “JC is in our locker room, and he is going to lead a great chart with the NFLPA.”