It has been a disappointing season for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. A year ago, the Browns clinched a playoff berth and, this year, there was chatter about making a run for the Super bowl. Well, that is out of the question, as the Browns were eliminated from playoff contention before they took the field on Monday night against the Steelers. I respect and appreciate that he wanted to “gut it out,” but they had nothing to play for. It does not make a difference if he sat out on Monday and decides to sit out this Sunday. Today, news broke that Baker will have surgery on his left torn labrum, though the timetable is yet to be determined. Mayfield has not ruled out if he will play this weekend against the Bengals.
Baker Mayfield suffered the injury in week two against the Texans. This season, Baker has completed 60.5 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a quarterback passer rating of 83.1 percent. Though he is a great teammate and leader, this injury has affected him significantly. He has given everything he has for his team. It is worth noting that Baker has a win/loss record of 30 wins and 31 losses. Many fans have been outraged, and rightfully so, as he is a first overall draft pick and led them to the playoffs. Hold on for a second, let us think logically for a second, Baker is set to make north of 18 million dollars next season. It will be tricky to get rid of that contract, and I strongly believe that the organization will keep him on the roster, and will play next year as many are hopeful he can stay healthy. Look for the Browns to upgrade their backup quarterback spot for next season.