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Browns’ Baker Mayfield undergoes successful surgery on torn labrum suffered in disappointing 2021 season

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The former first-overall pick battled through a shoulder injury that made it difficult to be as productive as he or the Cleveland Browns would’ve liked en route to their promising season ending in disappointment, doing what he could to remain available with a plan of undergoing surgery to repair his shoulder in the offseason.

“This is not the end of my story. It’s just going to be one of those little things that I’ll look back and remember that it’s one of those challenges and adversity that I’m going to try to take advantage of and it’ll make me a better person.”

The veteran quarterback drew the ire of many who felt he was doing the Browns a disservice by playing injured – the father of running back Kareem Hunt being the latest football parent reaming him for his performances in-season – but both Mayfield and the Browns understood the risk, and the latter cleared him to play.

Mayfield is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, one set to hit the Browns salary cap for $18.86 million, assuming an extension isn’t agreed upon before then that reshapes the 2022 figure. Now, part of the contract discussions with the Browns will be how his shoulder is coming along, in addition to working to make sure he’s the true face of their franchise for years to come.

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