Baker Mayfield Takes Quiet Getaway to Scenic Yellowstone to Work on His Golf Game

by Josh Lanier

Baker Mayfield and some Browns teammates got away to Montana last weekend to get in some downtime before the season begins. But don’t worry Cleveland fans. Mayfield got in some reps on the practice field between some scenic rounds of golf and games of Phase 10.

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry as well as tight end Austin Hooper and their families tagged along with their quarterback on the weekend excursion to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. Mayfield showed off some of the gorgeous vistas they took in during the trip.

“Little getaway for a quick game of Phase 10 before the grind starts,” he captioned an Instagram post.

The Akron Beacon Journal said the NFL gave its players a break this weekend ahead of the new, extended 17-game schedule this season.

Browns fans are excited about the prospects for Baker Mayfield and co. this year. This is likely the team’s best chance in decades to make a serious playoff run. The Browns beefed up its secondary — the team’s weakest position last season — during the offseason. And wideout Beckham Jr. is healthy again and is clicking with Mayfield.

Last season, the Browns won the team’s first playoff game since 1999 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team’s division rivals. This season, oddsmakers have the team as the fourth-best in the AFC in 2021. Only Kansas City, Buffalo, and Baltimore rated higher.

The Browns will start the season off with a major contest Sunday when the team travels to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.

Baker Mayfield: I’m Not Worried About My Contract

Baker Mayfield is entering the final year of his contract with Cleveland this year. But he says he hasn’t given it much thought. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 is likely in line for a massive payday following some recent quarterback megadeals.

Recently, Bills quarterback Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million contract extension to stay in Buffalo. That’s the second-highest paycheck for an NFL player behind only Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. He signed 10-year a deal worth nearly half a billion dollars last season.

These contracts set the table for Mayfield, whose agents are hoping to hash out a deal with Cleveland this season. But Mayfield said he’s focused on the task at hand — winning football games.

“I’m not doing the negotiations, so quite frankly I don’t give a damn,” he told ESPN. “I’m worried about winning Week 1, then going on to Week 2 and focusing on that week, one week at a time. And that’s my mindset. So no matter how many times I get asked this question throughout the year, it’s going to be the same answer because that’s just the truth.”