Cleveland, Ohio — When Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL at the end of the season in a 37-34 victory over the Bengals on Sunday, some people wondered if he wore the Browns The uniform of the team.
Beckham and Baker Mayfield are not as connected as everyone thinks. Former Brown General Manager John Dorsey (John Dorsey) traded for Beckham in March 2019, giving up the first and third rounds of 2019 and the safe Jabrill Peppers.
It can be concluded from statistics that Mayfield will perform better without Beckham, and vice versa.
According to “Next Generation Statistics”
In contrast, Eli Manning has never scored a passer rating below 95.6 when targeting Beckham in five seasons in New York. In their first three seasons, they averaged 114.3 points.
Most of Beckham’s least efficient games are Brown games. He has 7 out of 22 games (two-thirds) (less than 3%), and only three out of 56 games in New York. (Less than 5%) Three points or less.
Therefore, the disconnect between the three-time Pro Bowl receiver and Browns’ 2018 No. 1 pick is obviously a two-way street. The question becomes how to deal with it?
Encouragingly, Mayfield suddenly took care of the injured knee in the locker room with Beckham, which turned into a dangerous 2018 rookie version. But it must also be remembered that Mayfield defeated the Bengals and its 32nd-ranked defense twice with a score of 5-3 at the end of the season, scoring 143.9 and 121.9 respectively, and had 7 touchdown passes without Was intercepted.
Nevertheless, Mayfield is indeed free from Beckham’s interference, without pressure to pass the ball to his star, who needs early contact to enter the game process. In that game, rookies such as Rashard Higgins and David Njoku, rookies Harrison Bryant and Donovan People Jones (Donovan Peoples-Jones) and other newcomers, his performance in the game is definitely much better.
According to statistics from ESPN Stats and Info, in the past two seasons, Mayfield and Beckham have the lowest completion rate (55.6%) in the NFL’s two games with at least 100 attempts. During this period, Mayfield’s other target players also conceded 10.7% of goals, and Beckham’s goal rate was 28.2%. Obviously, it has not worked so far and it remains to be seen whether it will work.
But this is more complicated than giving up Beckham and watching Mayfield become the elite quarterback that Brown believes they will pick in 2018. For starters, $12.791 million of Beckham’s base salary of $14.5 million in 2021 is guaranteed to ensure injury when signing. Fight for the sum of next season. This means that if they don’t see him in the plan, they may have to trade him.
Can they fire him after offseason surgery to repair the torn ACL (should be done as soon as possible)? Today, the torn ACL is no longer the death knell of the past, and the team may be willing to acquire him in accordance with his current contract terms, including a base salary of $13.75 million in 2022 and 2023, and no guarantee after next season. The new team may re-make the deal and give him more guaranteed money after 2021.
ACL’s recovery time is usually around 9 to 12 months, which means that Beckham may enter the scene early next season. After nine months, he will re-practice at the training camp in August.
But this is just one of many options for how it might unfold.
The last nine games of the season-with a good chance of entering the playoffs-will help determine who will return in 2021 and who will not.
Mayfield came to Cincinnati with his back against the wall and noticed that he still intends to become the Browns’ future quarterback. With that kind of steely eyes, Mayfield took off the club’s record of 21 consecutive games and 5 touchdown passes, including the 11-second championship, and proved to Brown that he was his guy. A big step has been taken. Even in the face of the Bengals’ 25th-level defense, there is no first cornerback, this performance is still very good. He needs to be almost perfect to win, and he did it.
Brown needs to see that he may be the reason they won the game. They need to see that he can carefully arrange a victory in the fourth quarter. They need to see the confidence and accuracy he played in 2018, when he set a rookie record with 27 touchdown passes.
But the trial period is still in progress, and Mayfield must continue to check as the season progresses. The victory was shocking, but his record was 5-1 against the Bengals, while everyone else was 12-18. Although this may be his starting point, he still has to prove that he can beat an excellent defense and play in the demanding AFC North.
The Browns played a lot of inferior teams in the next games, including five teams that won less than two games-Texans (1-6), Eagles (2-4), Jaguars (1-6) , Giants (1-6)) and Jets (0-7)-they must unwaveringly incorporate them into decision-making. On Sunday, they faced the 3-3 Raiders, but they ranked 28 in passing and did not put pressure on QB. They only cut 7 sacks this season.
Mayfield’s stakes are high because the Browns have to decide in the offseason whether he should get a blockbuster renewal of more than $35 million per year, or whether they want to get his 2022 year at a price of about $25 million per year. 5-year comprehensive guarantee contract year.
If Mayfield performs well in the remaining games, especially against Baltimore and Pittsburgh, he will be back in 2021, the Browns must decide how to deal with Beckham. They can keep him and hope that the two eventually establish a connection, or they can trade him and move on. If Mayfield performed significantly better without him for the rest of the season (including games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore), the answer would be clear.
If Mayfield retreats, especially in the case of the remaining three outstanding teams in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Tennessee, the Browns must decide whether to commit to him in 2022 before the option deadline in May. He invested more than $25 million.
If he can’t guarantee this-and there are signs that he will-they will be forced to find a quarterback, in which case Beckham may stay. But the Browns must also determine whether they are willing to pay the receiver who turns 29 in November 2021 the more than $15.75 million owed to him next season, including a $1 million roster bonus and a $250,000 exercise bonus.
Beckham may also want to comment on this matter, depending on the commitment to Mayfield.
At this point, they may all return, they may all disappear, or one or the other may remain.
As the rest of 2020 arrives, this will become part of the drama.
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