Speculation has been flying about the Cleveland Browns‘ quarterback situation this week.
Deshaun Watson could decide who he plays for as early as this evening, per several sources.
But that decision might not settle the Browns’ quarterback room.
Many reporters say the Texans won’t take Mayfield as part of a trade package.
Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Browns and Baker Mayfield are "breaking up" even if they don't land Deshaun Watson
He also mentions the Browns want "an adult" at QB.
I've found the perfect option: Jimmy Garoppolo pic.twitter.com/zpsbV1xILb
— Chase Senior (@Chase_Senior) March 16, 2022
And even if the deal falls through, it is unclear if Mayfield will be behind center for the Browns in September.
All of this leads to questions as to what kind of options are available to the browns.
Long-time NFL analyst, Chris Mortenson, says the Browns want “an adult” at quarterback.
Given the team is courting a relatively young passer right now, an adult, in this case, does not refer to age.
Putting Mortensen Into Context
Mortensen went on record as predicting a divorce between Mayfield and the Browns.
Appearing on ESPN, he said the pair is not a matchup emotionally.
“Baker Mayfield’s passion and emotional leadership was embraced in Oklahoma, and even at the beginning with Cleveland. But things have changed, and they want what they consider ‘an adult’ at the position.”
While he put the term “an adult” in air quotes, Mortensen did not cite any particular source of his information.
Here’s the video of the report by @mortreport
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His statement was in support of an anchor’s assertion that Mayfield will leave Cleveland regardless of Watson.
Mortensen agreed and said he thinks Seattle is a good match for Mayfield.
Indianapolis was also mentioned as a possible landing site for the Browns’ former first overall pick.
As far as “adult” quarterbacks, Mortensen mentioned Jimmy Garoppolo as a good match for the Browns.
What It Means For The Browns
Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski don’t put any importance on what sports analysts outside of their Berea team say.
But Mortensen’s implication that they feel Mayfield is immature feeds other conjecture from 2021.
Mayfield made a few statements during the season that were not in line with the coach’s statements.
And even his assertion that he alone decides if he plays on Sunday raised eyebrows.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2022
After his shoulder injury, Mayfield regressed from improved footwork to his own style.
This lent credence to the opinions of Mayfield as “uncoachable.”
His social media didn’t ruffle too many feathers but created enough drama to draw attention.
Overall, the Browns might simply prefer more of a Nick Chubb-type of leader- a quiet, hard worker and good example.