Now that the Cleveland Browns are adding Deshaun Watson to the roster as their QB1, the next obvious question is where will quarterback Baker Mayfield land?
Mayfield has indicated he would like to go to Indianapolis which has similar offensive weapons as the Browns.
Baker Mayfield wants to be traded to Indy. That's officially his trade request. Will the Colts and Browns strike a deal though. That remains to be seen.
— Indy SportsOne (@IndySportsOne) March 18, 2022
The Browns are inclined to trade him with an NFC team so that he will not be in the same conference which makes Seattle the likely landing spot.
Check out my TikTok talking about where the Browns may trade Mayfield.
Colin Cowherd has weighed in on what Mayfield’s trade opportunities are.
If you peruse the NFL standings this morning, go team by team, the market for Baker Mayfield is…Seattle. That’s it. IMO, Baker doesn’t feel like a Frank Reich/Chris Ballard guy. Wentz drove the Colts crazy w ill-timed mistakes. Baker has lots of that in his football DNA.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) March 19, 2022
Colts Were Burned By Wentz
Cowherd is not wrong in that the Colts were burned by the Wentz trade that cost them draft picks (given to the Philadelphia Eagles) and a spot in the 2021 playoffs when the team inexplicably lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 18.
He believes that Mayfield can make similar miscues as Wentz which would be why Colts GM Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich would be reluctant to have Mayfield as their QB1.
How many wins would the Colts have with Baker Mayfield as QB1? pic.twitter.com/f3gm17hwad
— PFF (@PFF) March 19, 2022
That Leaves Seattle
In Cowherd’s opinion, the Seahawks are Mayfield’s first, last, and only option.
They traded away Russell Wilson and currently have Drew Lock as their QB1.
Drew lock being replaced by Baker Mayfield, in Seattle. Not exactly what I envisioned a month ago 🤣 https://t.co/IDpOhT1IpG
— Altitude Slickness (@RgSlickness) March 19, 2022
The Seahawks have a lot of draft picks from the Wilson trade so they have picks to give in a potential trade to the Browns.
The Browns could be looking for second-day picks that would consist of second or third-rounders.
The specifics are unknown but important especially since Mayfield is entering 2022 playing under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.
Browns are telling teams it will take a day 2 (2nd or 3rd) of the draft pick to secure Mayfield, which is laughable. Who would pay that much in draft capital, take on the contract, and have no future years of a contract? Teams will laugh…
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) March 19, 2022
Fans Thank Mayfield
While we do not know where Mayfield will land, we do know that he leaves behind a lot of fans supporting him in Cleveland.
Those fans have gone online to thank him for everything he has done for the city and the team.
I will always root for @bakermayfield because he helped resurrect the #Browns and make them relevant again. I wish he could’ve retired a Brown but I’ll always root for him whenever he lands.
— Benjamin Duer (@bduerREP) March 19, 2022
He definitely was and is a polarizing figure in Cleveland, but most agree that he did help put the Browns back on the map after the miserable 1-31 run.
I ALWAYS LIKED BAKER. HE WAS ONE TOUGH SOB. HE DID GOOD THINGS FOR THE BROWNS, PUTTING THEM BACK ON THE MAP AND MAKING THEM THE TEAM THEY WERE IN 2020. IN 2021 I THINK HIS TOUGHNESS GOT IN THE WAY OF HIS JUDGMENT. THERE WERE SOME GAMES HE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED IN AND THE COACHING STAFF SHOULD HAVE SEEN TO IT. THE COACHING STAFF AND DOCTORS PUT BLINDERS ON CONSIDERING THE PLAY AND HEALTH OF BAKER. THEY ARE AS MUCH TO BLAME AS BAKER HIMSELF. WHEREVER HE LANDS, I WISH HIM ALL THE LUCK, STAY HEALTHY AND GIVE THEM HELL.. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND GOD BLESS.
i think the browns did the right thing to get rid of baker. he was lousy and he kept a lot of turmoil in the locker room and in management. he did NOT put the browns on the map the WHOLE BROWNS TEAM put the browns on the map. i’m GLAD we got deshaun watson. and he WILL take us to the superbowl.
I’m a Browns fan, been a fan of them my whole life, and I finally found someone to agree with! The new owner, Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, David N(TE), Denzel Ward, and the later addition, Kareem Hunt, helped tremendously to change the culture. Mayfield killed many great rushing games, with int’s, and fumbles, and badly missed throws, to wide open players.
Billy perry says
Unfortunately,I agree.Baker is just not accurate enough.Misses a lot of big plays that could go for big yardage.I wonder if maybe his eyesight is off or he uses the wrong grip on the ball.I am a former high school qb and almost 60 and I think I could have hit a lot of those wide open receivers.He really blew it when Odell Beckham would be wide open and baker would throw it 10 feet over his head.I personally think he is another Johnny Manziel.BUST!
Jake Mokin says
Mayfield is following in the Johnny Manzeil psycho list of QB’s. Watson is good, But not enough to get the Browns deep in the playoffs. Mayfield joining the crooked coach of the Sea hawks (Carroll), check his Shady USC past coaching issues, will present problems. I don’t think Pete wants to take on a child QB experiment, who has a long ways to go to be a Russell Wilson. Mayfield should consider playing in that new league that starts next month.
John M says
Mayfield isn’t a starter in the NFL. Doesn’t have the athleticism at the QB position. Maybe the Canadian Football League could be long term career
Somebody cares! says
Good luck Bakermayfield put clevebrowns back on the map! You will do good somewhere else.Its nothing personal its business. Good luck🤔
Roby b says
It just amazes me on the comments, from all these coach and gm wanta be,s, if your that knowledgeable it just mind boggling that the teams haven’t hired you.
But then again look at the browns front office, lol
Randy C says
I think the writing was on the wall for Baker all last season. What team puts it supposed franchise QB out on the field with the injuries he had? Ultimately it wasn’t Baker’s decision to play. The Browns set him up to fail and they simply gave up on him. Sound familiar? Just ask Hugh Jackson.
On the other hand if you want to be a thug just come to Cleveland where that behavior is simply overlooked and accommodated. The Browns are beyond desperate and it shows. They gave up Way too much to get Watson. A guy with a repaired ACLwho hasn’t thrown a ball in a year. Now after flip flopping on the Baker trade are trying to play hardball with the league on his value. They’re laughable. As a lifelong Browns fan I think you can just add Watson’s name to their QB graveyard in a few years. Andrew Berry sucked the first time here and this time around will be no different. Good luck to you Baker wherever you land.
RICK K says
Can you name one team that would take Baker Mayfield in place of their starting quarterback can you name one quarterback in the NFL less athletic than Baker Mayfield you’re going to have a hard time answering either one of those questions he had five or six good games last year at the end of the season besides that he’s suck! He played hurt last year because he threw a pick and thought he was a tuff guy. I guess he wasn’t as tuff as he thought he really is! I think he played because he knew that if he sat he’d lose his JOB!
The Detroit Lions would be a good place for his cry baby a**!
22 sexual harassment lawsuits is okay. But Baker is immature?
I do see how this works out for Cleveland.
22 sexual harassment lawsuits is a far easier pill to swallow then an injured QB? Bad look, Cleveland. I’m a lifelong Browns fan. This is the very lowest the Browns have fallen. Think about that.
Ethics. Morals. Loyalty. Character. Real things that matter. Hard to route for a creep.
I can’t imagine any decent, family-oriented Cleveland fan being pleased with ownership bringing in the likes of Watson. I’ll be happy to watch this giant mess blow up in Cleveland Browns’ face.