Reason Baker Mayfield stays No. 2 – The contract
Let’s be honest with ourselves, even if the Cleveland Browns wanted to move on from Baker Mayfield in 2022, there really isn’t a great solution without giving up a ton of assets. Mayfield is due over $18 million of fully guaranteed money and will be coming off major shoulder surgery and the worst season of his career.
I can’t think a lot of teams will be knocking at the door wanting to give him a chance unless he comes dirt cheap. There’s a lot of chatter that a guy like Aaron Rodger, Russel Wilson, or even Derek Carr could be in play. It’s fun to think about, but I wouldn’t plan on any of that happening.
To take on any of those contracts, the Browns would likely not be able to re-sign Clowney or David Njoku, and they would need to let Ward play on his fifth-year option without an extension. Not to mention that Berry would likely be giving up two firsts and another early-round pick to land one of these guys (maybe less for Carr).
If John Dorsey was still here, maybe, that guy was a loose cannon with the checkbook and really didn’t see the big picture. We all know how Berry operates, and there is no way he gives up the assets it would take for one of those stars, and there is no way he just moves on from Mayfield collecting pennies on the dollar in value.