New Browns GM: ‘We’re really excited’ about Baker Mayfield’s future
New Cleveland Browns general manager and executive vice president of football operations Andrew Berry has thrown his support behind Baker Mayfield, saying the organization is “really excited” about what the future holds for the quarterback.
Among the myriad topics addressed by Berry at Wednesday’s introductory press conference was what he sees in Mayfield. Berry made it abundantly clear that Mayfield is expected to be the team’s franchise quarterback for years to come.
“We’re really excited about his future and really excited about the work Kevin is going to do with him.” — EVP/GM Andrew Berry on QB Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/FTawwbdUFf— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 5, 2020
“I was a part of drafting Baker in 2018 and I can tell you there was a ton of organizational consensus with selecting him with the first overall pick,” Berry said. “[I] still have a lot of belief in Baker as a quarterback, his talent, and what we think he can become in the NFL. [I’m] looking forward to seeing what [head coach] Kevin [Stefanski] and [offensive coordinator] Alex [Van Pelt] and his staff do with Baker this spring. We’re really excited about his future.”
As Berry himself alluded to in his comments, he was part of the Browns front office that selected Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Berry was serving as the team’s vice president of player personnel at the time.
While Mayfield burst upon the NFL season with a rookie campaign that showcased his potential, he suffered through a sophomore slump in 2019. Mayfield’s struggles on the field last season were occasionally overshadowed by distractions off of it. The quarterback ultimately admitted those transgressions were entirely his fault.
That being said, it sounds like Mayfield will enjoy a clean slate under the new regime. Conventional wisdom also suggests that Berry’s thoughts on Mayfield — along with his familiarity with the organization — conceivably played a role in his hiring.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wanted everyone on the same page going forward amid the overhaul — from the GM/EVP to the head coach to the franchise quarterback — and Berry’s comments Wednesday about Mayfield arguably are an encouraging start.