Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is entering his third season as a pro after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2018, and to call the upcoming campaign imperative for the outlook of his NFL career would be an understatement.
Well, the latest buzz out of Cleveland suggests that the 25-year-old gunslinger is taking the bull by the horns.
In another sign that Mayfield has matured this offseason, running back Kareem Hunt revealed that the Oklahoma product has been leading virtual team meetings and is scheduling workouts with his Browns teammates.
Mayfield stepping up as a leader this offseason should thrill fans in Cleveland. After all, it's no secret that he's struggled in that department over the last three years. More often than not, the former Sooners star deflected the blame on his teammates and coaches when he should've been taking responsibility for his own poor play. In some instances, he would get hostile with reporters and take his emotions out on social media.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner seems to be fully aware that players can renegotiate contracts after the third year of their rookie deals. In many ways, 2020 will be a make-or-break season for the polarizing signal caller.
Nobody knows if Mayfield will improve upon his disaster sophomore campaign last year, but Hunt's comments indicate that he's putting himself in the best position to do just that. That's really all Browns fans could ask for.