Browns QB Mayfield ‘Likely’ Traded For Seahawks Before Draft

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Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns calls a play in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns are playing cat and mouse with the rest of the NFL when it comes to quarterback Baker Mayfield, but one analyst believes games will be over before the draft begins less than a month from now.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry on a call with Zoom with reporters on Tuesday said the team is in no hurry to move Mayfield unless the price is right.

“I wouldn’t say we have a specific timetable for the QB department,” says Berry, per The Athletic’s Zac Jackson. “Baker is a professional, he is under contract, and we have [salary cap] flexible whether he is on the list or not. So we don’t really feel compelled to rush into anything that isn’t optimal.”

The commercial market for Mayfield has dried up considerably since the beginning of the free agency operation, with the likes of Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan and Carson Wentz, among others, playing the money music chair game. guard. But the Seattle Seahawks, lightly outfitted with Drew Lock as their best bet for delivering soccer to Pro-Bowl wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, remains a commercial partner. Mayfield’s feasibility.

Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox wrote Tuesday that Seattle will ultimately prove a landing spot for Mayfield, adding that he believes the deal will happen before the NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 28. .

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The Browns want more back to Mayfield than the commercial market will bear

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The two biggest obstacles to dealing with Mayfield are his guaranteed salary of nearly $19 million in 2022 and how much the Browns want to pay him back.

Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported last week that earlier statements indicating the Browns were looking for a first pick in exchange for Mayfield were incorrect. A top draft pick may never be in the cards for Cleveland, but after the Browns signed Deshaun Watson and made it clear Mayfield’s tenure with the team was over, they lost basically any what commercial leverage they have.

“Dammit, [the Browns] may even have to give up an option to get $19 million off their books, because these deals aren’t purely talent-based. They’re leverage-based, and that’s just something Cleveland doesn’t have,” ESPN analyst Mina Kimes said on the Monday, March 28 edition of NFL Live.

However, the NFL Ian Rapoport of the network reported Friday that the Browns may have some draft compensation in return for Mayfield if they are willing to pay some wages for him.

“If the Browns can eat some money, if the rep and the new team can work it out and come up with some sort of answer [on] How Baker Mayfield’s salary is divided or handled, I believe he will be bartered,” Rapoport said.


Seahawks interested in Mayfield at a discount

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Cabot further reports that the Seahawks have a legitimate interest in Mayfield at a reduced price. However, if Cleveland eats off Mayfield’s salary, they’ll want some dessert in the form of a draft.

Knox said he believes the cost will shape the third-round pick.

“Bringing Mayfield in to compete with Lock would make a lot of sense given the price tag,” Knox wrote. “Cleveland has the potential to get a second pick if it eats a large portion of Mayfield’s limited hit. However, the Seahawks don’t seem to have any real competition in the commercial market, so a third round pick would probably do the trick.”


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