The Cleveland Browns is probably not working from a place of energy in relation to dealing quarterback Baker Mayfield, however they need to have little hassle in understanding a commerce for their former beginning quarterback.
Mayfield grew to become expendable on Friday after the Browns accomplished a commerce with the Houston Texans for quarterback Deshaun Watson. While the Browns have but to announce the deal, the Texans had no difficulty with getting the phrase out on a commerce that has Cleveland sending first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024, a third-round decide in 2023, and a fourth-round decide in 2024 in change for Watson and Houston’s fifth-round choice within the 2024 NFL Draft.
So what’s the potential commerce market for Mayfield?
There are a handful of groups which might be in want of a quarterback and it’s pretty cheap that normal supervisor Andrew Berry will likely be calling the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints in the event that they haven’t already given him a name.
Mayfield has reportedly focused the Colts as his best choice, however the feeling is probably not mutual, in response to The Athletic’s Zak Keefer, because the Colts are nonetheless coping with the mess left behind by quarterback Carson Wentz:
To date, I haven’t heard something to recommend they do. It doesn’t imply a deal gained’t occur — the Colts’ choices are restricted, keep in mind — however I see it as unlikely, based mostly on conversations Friday. Over the previous couple of months, the Colts had been decided to maneuver on from Wentz, satisfied that he wasn’t the proper match as franchise quarterback. It’s arduous to see them believing Mayfield could be — at the same time as a stopgap — whereas they proceed to look for their quarterback of the long run within the draft.
The Saints and the Panthers are in the identical boat as they had been each pursuing Watson and now must discover a viable plan after Watson selected the Browns.
New Orleans is perhaps extra determined as they don’t have a lot within the quarterback room, whereas the Panthers may resolve that they need to stay yet one more 12 months with Sam Darnold after buying and selling for him and choosing up his fifth-year possibility in 2021.
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The Seahawks are additionally an possibility after buying and selling away quarterback Russell Wilson except they actually need to roll with Drew Lock at quarterback this fall and totally embrace a rebuild of the roster.
Even with not less than 4 groups needing a quarterback, Berry will nonetheless face competitors as he works out a commerce for the reason that San Francisco 49ers are additionally reportedly planning to commerce quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
If the Colts, Saints, Panthers and Seahawks view Mayfield (or Garoppolo) as nothing greater than a one-year repair, they may merely resolve to signal a free agent at a less expensive worth and never even trouble with a commerce.
Combine that with Mayfield’s efficiency final season whereas coping with a mess of accidents, Berry won’t be capable to get far more than a third-round choice in return for Mayfield.
Even so, groups get wacky in relation to quarterbacks once they don’t have one, so in a league the place Washington offers up a pair of third-round picks for Wentz and the Panthers surrender a second-round, a fourth-round and a sixth-round decide for Darnold, a savvy GM like Berry might need one final shock in retailer for Browns followers.