Browns' Baker Mayfield Says Team 'Putting Right Pieces Together' in Offseason

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 8, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns  celebrates a pass to Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns  for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns' quarterback wants fans to believe in the team's long-term vision. For real. Again. 

Speaking to the Browns' website, Baker Mayfield praised the club's front office and feels there is plenty to get hyped about heading into the season.  

"Right now would be the first stages of getting everything out of the way and laying that foundation down where we can," Mayfield said. "It's been very exciting for me with all the moves they're making. I think we're putting the right pieces together."

Cleveland has certainly been busy this offseason. They were among the big spenders in free agency, signing multiyear deals with defensive end Adrian Clayborn, offensive tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Austin Hooper. 

That was before adding one of the best offensive tackles in last April's draft in Jedrick Wills out of Alabama. The No. 10 overall pick was considered the top pass-blocker by Bleacher Reports' Matt Miller and will have plenty of opportunities to prove that this year. 

With wideouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry still in the fold, Mayfield will be thankful for any extra time in the pocket to let the duo get open. 

Possibly the most important building block joining the team in 2020 is new head coach Kevin Stefanski. The quarterback is sold on him, as well.

"Every interaction I've had with Kevin has been great," Mayfield said. "He is who he is, and he's climbed the ladder quickly because he's well-respected and is an extremely sharp guy. He knows what he's doing and he knows the exact approach he wants to attack with. He just does that. He gets people to buy into that and believe that. I'm trying to get to know some of these other guys as we go along, and Kevin and [GM] Andrew [Berry] have done a really great job of putting this staff together."

Cleveland is still searching for its first winning season since 2007 after finishing 6-10 in 2019.