Baker Mayfield avoids holdout, signs rookie deal with Browns

No. 4 pick Denzel Ward remains unsigned

Daryl Ruiter
July 24, 2018 - 9:14 pm
Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield throws during the third week of OTAs on June 5, 2018.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield will report for training camp on time when veterans and rookie are due to arrive in Berea on Wednesday.

Mayfield signed his 4-year rookie contract worth over $32.5 million Tuesday night, avoiding a holdout. The deal includes a team option for a fifth year and a signing bonus worth just under $22 million.

"Thankful for all the blessings and everybody that helped make this possible!!! Time to go to work!!" Mayfield tweeted shortly after the announcement. 

With the No. 1 overall pick signed, No. 4 pick Denzel Ward is the only member of the 2018 Browns draft class that remains unsigned.

Mayfield, who won the 2017 Heisman Trophy and was named the ‘Best College Athlete’ at the ESPYs, is expected to back up starter Tyrod Taylor as a rookie in 2018.

“It is human nature and you want to play,” Mayfield said during the June minicamp. “I was not brought here to just start. I was brought here to help turn this thing around.

“Whatever my role is, that is what I need to do, whether that is playing scout team, being the best backup possible or playing. For me, I am not worried about that. I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to be ready to play. Other than that, I just have to continue getting better and improving this team, as well.”

The Browns acquired Taylor in March from Buffalo for the No. 65 pick in the Draft before using the top pick to take Mayfield.

A 2-time walk-on in college at Texas Tech and Oklahoma, Mayfield started 39 games for the Sooners. He finished his college career with 14,607 yards passing and 131 touchdowns while adding 404 carries for 1,083 yards and 21 touchdowns.