The Cleveland Browns have the luxury of not needing to look for a starting quarterback in 2019. The team does need to look for backup options for Baker Mayfield, however. Here are three free agent options they should consider.
For the first time in what feels like ages, the Cleveland Browns head into an offseason knowing who their quarterback will be. No more quarterback mock drafts or deep scouting, only to inevitably overdraft a player that will be off the roster in three years.
Baker Mayfield came in and showed everyone, both in Cleveland and around the league, why John Dorsey took him with the first overall pick. The rookie out of Oklahoma went out, and in only 13 games, broke the rookie record for passing touchdowns at 27, a record previously held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.
With his current backup, Tyrod Taylor’s deal expiring, the only other quarterback on the roster will be Drew Stanton, who only dressed for one game in 2018. Stanton is there as a mentor for Mayfield, and any game action for him would likely only be in dire emergency
The need for a quality backup is important for the Browns, both for being able to fill in if needed and as a good mentor to help Baker Mayfield continue to grow and develop. Cleveland doesn’t need to get a big name, and instead just focus on finding someone that compliments Baker Mayfield and head coach Freddie Kitchens’ playbook.
There is a good list of veteran free agent quarterbacks looking for new homes, and several will settle for quality backup jobs on young teams. Here are three options for John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens to consider.