While a case can be made that Mayfield should take a seat to rest his various ailments, Berry made it clear that as long as the team’s doctors clear Mayfield to play then he will remain the starting quarterback:
“Baker is our quarterback. He is healthy enough to win games for us. He has won games for us in the past couple of weeks. If he is ready to go, he is going to be our starter.
“I think we all know that Baker is incredibly physically tough. “
Cleveland’s offense has struggled as the Browns have only scored more than 17 points once in their past seven games, and Mayfield has performed below expectations during that same stretch. ”
With the short-term outlook for Mayfield out of the way, Berry explained the team’s thinking as it relates to a contract extension for Mayfield, who will be entering the final year of his rookie contract next season.
While the remaining five games will be part of the discussion, Berry said the decision-makers will be looking at Mayfield’s full body of work, rather than a game-by-game or play-by-play critique, in making a determination about a new contract:
“I think with Baker, especially from a long-term perspective, you really try and take a big picture approach.