Is Browns QB Baker Mayfield in a five-game audition for his job?


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The bye week is finally here for the Browns, and it couldn’t have come any sooner. At 6-6, the Browns are struggling through a season of failed expectations and lackluster play.

At the center of it is quarterback Baker Mayfield. With numerous injuries impacting his play, Mayfield has struggled. Especially lately. In his last three games, Mayfield is completing just over 50 percent of his throws for less than 500 yards and as many interceptions as touchdowns.

One of the overarching storylines for the season is Mayfield’s contract status. He’s under contract for the 2022 season, but that’s it.

On this episode of the Cover 2 podcast, Nate Ulrich and Dan Kadar discuss Mayfield’s future and if the Browns may be hesitant to give him a longterm contract.

This week Browns General Manager Andrew Berry said the team will look at Mayfield’s body of work, but is that a good thing for Mayfield? And is he on a five-game audition for his job?

Mayfield isn’t the only issue for the Browns. The offense in general has looked questionable. Can head coach Kevin Stefanski make an adjustment during the bye to turn things around?

This show closes with some thoughts on the defense, a tip of the cap to cornerback Denzel Ward. Like Mayfield, Ward is also playing for a new contract.

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