Baker Mayfield is 'poor man’s Johnny Manziel,' ESPN star says

Baker Mayfield is 'poor man’s Johnny Manziel,' ESPN star says

01/07/2022

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Baker Mayfield came under fire from some football talking heads Friday following a report he may request a trade in the offseason.

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum blasted Mayfield in an interview on ESPN Cleveland and didn’t have much good to say about the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks to the locker room after the Browns defeated the Detroit Lions 13-10 Nov. 21, 2021, in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/David Richard)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half of a game against the Chicago Bears Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/David Richard)

The Browns already exercised a fifth-year option on Mayfield. He’s set to earn more than $18.85 million in 2022 and could be in line for a lucrative extension.

Cleveland made Mayfield the No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has been the first quarterback since the days of Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb to lead the Browns to the playoffs. This season, the Browns narrowly missed out on the postseason.

Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield throws during the first half against the Green Bay Packers Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Mayfield has battled through at least three injuries this season, including to his non-throwing shoulder. He has amassed 3,010 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes against 13 interceptions.

On Monday, the Browns lost 26-14 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Ben Roethlisberger’s potential final home game of his career. Mayfield was 16-for-38 for 185 passing yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was sacked nine times.

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