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Baker Mayfield Paid Off His Bet With Saquon Barkley

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield throwing the football in warmups.

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Last year's race for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was among the most heated in recent memory. The top two picks in the 2018 NFL Draft—Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley—both made fantastic cases for the award.

Mayfield has helped turn around the franchise hopes of the typically-moribund Browns, helping the team to a 7-9 record after taking over as starter a few weeks into the season. Despite some questions about his size and ability to translate to the pros, Mayfield is bringing much of the excitement from his college game to the AFC North.

In 14 games, 13 of which he started, Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

He acquitted himself well for a young quarterback, but Saquon Barkley looked like one of the best running backs in the NFL in year one. It was a rough season for the Giants as a whole, and he didn't have much help from the passing attack or the offensive line, but Barkley managed to run for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added another 721 yards and four scores through the air as one of the Giants' biggest passing game threats.

Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley made a bet on who would win NFL Offensive Rookie of the year, which Barkley took home after the season.

To his credit, Mayfield has paid up, and he did it in a big way.

Barkley has notoriously massive, muscular legs, so the "Quads" chain fits perfectly.

I'm not sure it is what Barkley would have chosen for himself, but in some ways, we all benefit from Baker's creativity as the loser of the bet. And still, that is some serious bling.