#1 Overall Pick Baker Mayfield Signs Rookie Contract with Cleveland Browns

Browns top pick in 2018 NFL Draft agrees to first contract

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Baker Mayfield
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Baker Mayfield is under contract. It took up until the final days before training camp kicks off for the Cleveland Browns but number one overall pick Baker Mayfield is now in the fold.

The deal gets done less than 48 hours before the new look Browns take the practice field in Berea, Ohio for the first day of ‘Camp Jackson 2018.’

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma gets a four-year deal worth $32.68 million. The contract is fully guaranteed with an option for a fifth-year and a $21.85 million signing bonus.

Mayfield will enter training camp as the number two quarterback behind veteran signal caller Tyrod Taylor. The plan is for Mayfield to learn from the sidelines during his rookie season in the NFL.

Mayfield was one of five first round picks who had not signed their rookie contracts as of July 24.  Cleveland still needs to get a deal done with Denzel Ward. The cornerback out of Ohio State and native of Macedonia, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland was selected fourth overall.

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While the rookie contract scale is determined, the deal took longer than it should due to some offset language in the contract. The Browns and Mayfield’s agent Tom Mills were able to work together to get the deal done. It is important for Mayfield to be in camp on time to continue to learn Todd Haley’s offense.

Mayfield threw for 4.627 yards with 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions for the Sooners en route to winning the Heisman Trophy. He also had 97 carries for 311 yards and five touchdowns.

Mayfield lead Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff National Semifinals before losing to Georgia.

The signing of his rookie contract wraps up a very busy summer vacation for Mayfield. He got engaged to his girlfriend Emily Wilkinson and won best college athlete at the ESPY awards.

Scott Piker is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Browns.

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