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It’s safe to say the Baker Mayfield situation isn’t getting any rosier.
Not only have the Cleveland Browns been unable to trade the quarterback, despite multiple attempts, but things seem to be getting uglier as time goes on.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
“According to multiple sources, those close to Mayfield — who to that point had missed one game because of his shoulder injury — wondered at the time if the Browns were trying to make Mayfield look as hapless as possible in prime time, to potentially pave the way for the franchise to more easily explain why it might be moving on from him in the offseason,” Trotter reported.
The Browns were hoping to trade Mayfield during the NFL Draft. That has come and gone. Now, a lot of teams aren’t even talking trade.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after his team defeated the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
The Carolina Panthers no longer seem interested after moving up in the draft and selecting Matt Corral. The Seattle Seahawks don’t even half Mayfield on the radar — and that comes straight from coach Pete Carroll. And the Browns don’t want to be on the hook for any of Mayfield’s $18 million salary.
So if a deal is going to happen, well, things will drastically have to change between now and the start of the season.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
All we know for certain is the Browns and Mayfield can’t carry on this way, or really, carry on at all.
It’s great for the Browns that they landed Watson. He’s been a much better, much more consistent QB. But it’s a football disaster that Mayfield hasn’t been moved.