The Cleveland Browns might be in the market for a new quarterback. Should they check the temperature on Russell Wilson, or stick with Baker Mayfield?
The Cleveland Browns once again find themselves potentially on the market to get a new quarterback. While there are clearly worse options in the league right now than Baker Mayfield, it has been made painfully clear this season that the Browns may never reach the Super Bowl or make a deep playoff run with Mayfield at the helm.
Although Cleveland looked like they had what it took to be true contenders last season, they have fallen flat on their faces this season and a lot of that responsibility falls on Mayfield’s shoulders.
It has gotten to the point that teams’ are so unintimidated by Cleveland’s passing game that they are more than happy to continually stack the box to eliminate the threat of the run and leave it up to Mayfield to beat them, and more times than not, that does not work out in favor of the Browns.
With his rookie contract set to expire after this season, it’s the perfect time to move on from Mayfield and bring in a quarterback that can take a very talented Cleveland roster where it deserves to be. The man for the job is Russell Wilson.
While this may seem like a very off-the-wall suggestion, it works too well for both sides for it not to at least be considered by Andrew Berry and the rest of the Cleveland Browns’ front office. Heading into the 2018 draft in which Baker Mayfield was selected by the Browns, they reportedly considered trading the No. 1 pick to Seattle. In return, for the top pick, Cleveland would have received Wilson and the Seahawks planned on selecting Josh Allen to lead their franchise into the new era.
Although a few years have passed since this trade was on the table, Wilson is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league and would be the perfect fit for Cleveland’s roster. This potential deal would send Baker Mayfield along with Cleveland’s first-round pick in this draft (and possibly more draft capital) in return for Wilson.
In terms of what each team gets out of the deal, Cleveland has one of the final and most important pieces in place to finally go all in and make their Super Bowl push. They would be able to provide Wilson with some receiver help through the draft and free agency.
For the Seahawks, they can move on from the Russell Wilson era in Seattle and begin their rebuild with Mayfield leading their team.
It’s very clear that some major changes are needed in important positions for the Browns to make anything of this era of supposed Super Bowl hopefuls and Wilson would put Cleveland in the right place to finally end their Super Bowl drought or at the very least make a few deep playoff runs.