The 2022 NFL Draft came and went last week with its fair share of big moments and notable swaps. One that didn’t occur? A trade involving Baker Mayfield.
When the Cleveland Browns went out and acquired Deshaun Watson, the move signaled the end of Mayfield’s time with the organization. From there, it became clear that a divorce was imminent. The only question that remained was where the former Oklahoma standout would go.
Mayfield had one desired locale in mind when the Watson trade happened, but that team decided to seek out a more proven veteran.
That left the Seahawks, who lost Russell Wilson in the offseason, as the next most logical landing spot. Unfortunately for Mayfield, the front office ultimately opted not to pull the trigger.
This week, we learned why.
“My sense with Seattle is that the interest in Baker Mayfield was lukewarm at best,” NFL insider Ian Rapoport said this week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2022
“They like to stretch the field vertically and horizontally. It didn’t seem like Baker really fits what they are going to want to do.”
While that rationale is certainly understandable, it’s unclear where it leaves both Seattle and Mayfield. In the case of the latter, there is now no longer a clear potential trade suitor for him. For the former – are they really planning to go compete in the stacked NFC West with Drew Lock at the helm of the offense?
Mayfield has some very real issues. That much is undeniable. His situation from last month with a woman allegedly leaking his private messages flawlessly depicts the ups and downs that often accompany him.
How Kendall behaves during Devin Booker’s games. https://t.co/9BtNNE7w7L
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 1, 2022
That said, he is still a talented passer. More so than he is given credit for. There’s a reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers are still interested.
Where will Mayfield ultimately be playing when all the dust settles and the new season commences? Time will tell.