This Browns-Lions Trade Sends Baker Mayfield To Detroit

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The Detroit Lions were one of the more aggressive teams early on in the 2022 NFL Draft. They were ecstatic when Aidan Hutchinson was passed on by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick, keeping him home and snatching him up with the No. 2 overall pick. Could they remain aggressive post-draft and make a move for a new quarterback with the Cleveland Browns in Baker Mayfield?

The one thing that surprised some people was that the Lions didn’t select a quarterback at any point during the draft. Detroit ended up making nine selections in the draft, focusing on building the rest of the roster up instead of finding a potential quarterback of the future.

For now, it seems that the team is content with Jared Goff as the starting quarterback, at least for the 2022 season. Goff has been an okay starting quarterback in his career, making one Super Bowl appearance. He is a solid option for where the Lions are at in their rebuild as a stopgap option, but they do need to start thinking about the future of the position.

Some mock drafts had the Lions going with a quarterback with their second first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they traded out of that pick, moving up into the No. 12 slot to select Alabama wide receiver, Jameson Williams.

Over at CBS Sports, they suggested a move that could set the Lions up for the future when it comes to the quarterback position. They made 10 predictions for moves that will come now that the 2022 NFL Draft is behind us and one of them is the Lions trading for Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield.

This is quite a bold prediction because there is a debate that could be had about how much of an upgrade Mayfield is over Goff if he is one at all. Putting that kind of money into the quarterback position for the 2022 season likely isn’t a good business decision, as the two combined carry nearly $50 million in cap hits.

From a personality standpoint, Mayfield likely fits the mold of what head coach Dan Campbell is looking for more than Goff. But, is that really a reason to bring on that kind of money for a quarterback that may not be an upgrade?

A possible trade scenario would be the Lions trading a third-round pick to the Browns for Mayfield. While that isn’t an overly steep price, Detroit would likely be better off riding things out with Goff and keeping all of their draft capital to continue restocking the roster than taking a shot on Mayfield, who is only about six months younger than Goff.