The Cleveland Browns acquired Deshaun Watson this past offseason with the intention of making him the franchise’s starting quarterback.
That move signaled the end of Baker Mayfield’s time with the organization.
There was initially optimism that the former Oklahoma standout would be dealt prior to the 2022 NFL Draft, but obviously nothing ended up materializing on that front.
Fortunately, it appears as though the door on a possible deal has not yet closed.
According to Brandon Little of Sports Illustrated, two teams remain very much in the hunt for Mayfield’s services.
“Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks are both still interested in Mayfield’s services, but they don’t want to pay nearly all of his contract,” he wrote.
“In the end, the Browns are likely going to have to take on half of the $19 million that Mayfield is due in the 2022 season. When you think about it, that is cheap for a starting quarterback, but there is no promise Mayfield will start.”
If neither the Panthers not the Seahawks step forward as planned, there is also one other dark horse hovering in the background for Mayfield.
Mayfield is a very talented player, even if recent media coverage would have you believe otherwise. Does he come with a certain number of red flags? Yes. His entanglements from a few months ago with a woman apparently leaking his personal DMs effortlessly encapsulates the highs and lows of the Baker Mayfield Experience.
That said – Mayfield is also better than any passer Carolina or Seattle currently have. And that’s worth something.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) May 23, 2022
At this point it’s clear that a trade involving Mayfield is inevitable. He isn’t long for Cleveland, no matter what.
Where will he ultimately end up when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.