Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after scoring a 2-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland (Associated Press) The winless drought for the Cleveland Browns is finally over. It took nearly two years, but the Browns, led by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, got their first victory in 635 days Thursday night. With Cleveland trailing 14-0, Mayfield -- the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft -- entered the game to replace injured starter Tyrod Taylor with just under two minutes to play until halftime. He went on to lift the Browns to a 21-17 victory over the New York Jets. Cleveland fans can finally celebrate after a painful 19-game losing streak – the NFL's second-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Drafted in 2018 with the No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield is nearing the end of his four-year rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns, and now he's ready to get paid by a franchise cursed with a revolving door of quarterbacks for the past two decades. A round of contract negotiations are on their way for a number of teams to re-sign the generally strong QB class from 2018 -- which includes Mayfield, Josh Allen and 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson. Mayfield's time to strike a new deal with Cleveland is around the corner, but it seems that he has no plans to give the Browns a hometown discount for his services after three seasons together. According to ESPN senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler, the franchise has remained both cautious and confident about resigning Mayfield.
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield, left, smiles as he talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins in Cleveland. Mayfield isn't concerned about the huge expectations being placed on the Browns, who went 7-8-1 during his rookie season but upgraded their roster and should compete for their first playoff spot since 2002. The service elevator door slides open and Baker Mayfield politely waits for his wife, Emily, to exit and then follows her down a hallway into the downtown hotel's restaurant. Before beginning a photo shoot for a recently signed endorsement deal, the Browns' swaggering, second-year quarterback looks out the giant floor-to-ceiling windows 32 stories above Cleveland. On this clear August afternoon, sailboats slice across Lake Erie's blue-green waters just beyond the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while sun bathers dot the grassy mall where LeBron James and the Cavaliers paraded following their NBA championship three years ago.
The 2018 NFL Draft is shaping up to be unlike any draft in recent memory. Just a few hours until the Cleveland Browns are set to make the No.1 overall pick, no one seems to know which player is going off the board first. The first round starts at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday night. ESPN, NFL Network and FOX will all have TV coverage. The draft can also be seen with live streams on WatchESPN, NFL.com, and FOXSportsGO.
One only needs to look at Baker Mayfield's stat line from last Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals to understand how the Cleveland Browns rookie has revitalized the NFL's most hapless franchise: That last bit was announced on Saturday, once the NFL reviewed footage of Mayfield's celebration after he threw a touchdown to tight end Darren Fells in the second quarter of the Browns' 26-18 win. Cameras followed the quarterback as he sprinted down the sidelines to Cleveland offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens and made a gesture the league has determined to be "unsportsmanlike conduct." The $10,026 display of confidence occurs at about the 19-second mark in the video below. Pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things, especially considering the "grand scheme of things" happens to be NFL football. But this isn't the first time the league has punished a star player for illegal use of hands.