The saga between Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns continues to drag on. To the surprise of many, he remains on their roster as they have been unable to find a team to work out a trade.
The biggest reason for that is likely his contract. Mayfield is set to earn a guaranteed salary of $18.8 million, which isn’t a number teams are willing to take on right now. The Carolina Panthers have been a team mentioned often, but they want the Browns to pay a large portion of that to get a deal done.
This is all occurring because the Browns sought an upgrade at the position this offseason. They landed on Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, pulling off a blockbuster deal despite Watson’s legal troubles off the field not being cleared up yet. The number of accusers increased this week as well.
Jacoby Brissett was also signed, so even if Watson is suspended by the league, Mayfield likely wouldn’t have a starting spot with the Browns. A trade or being released is his best chance of landing in a spot where he will be able to compete for playing time.
Whatever happens, Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett is confident that Mayfield will land on his feet. He spoke about his fellow No. 1 overall pick to Jake Trotter of ESPN, confident he will get his chance again and sending well wishes.
“People come and go, and this is one of those changes,” Garrett said of Mayfield. “I hope the best for him. I hope he moves on and he does well for himself. . . . He’s played well when he’s healthy. When he’s healthy, he can do some pretty good things for a team. Just has to find his niche again. I think he has to prove himself, has to get healthy.”
Mayfield played through a torn labrum in 2021, which hampered his performance. He didn’t look like the same player that helped the Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2020 season postseason and give the Kansas City Chiefs all they could handle.
Ultimately, that performance was enough for the Browns to decide to move on, leaving Baker Mayfield with an uncertain future.