With all of the movement at quarterback in the AFC, the Cleveland Browns may decide they need an upgrade at the position for 2022.
The Cleveland Browns headed into this offseason with a lot of big question marks at quarterback. After Baker Mayfield silenced doubters during the second half of the 2020 season, things did not go as planned for Mayfield in the Browns in 2021.
Coming into the season the AFC already had Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, and Justin Herbert who are arguably four of the top six or seven quarterbacks in the league. Now, not only has Tom Brady retired from the NFL, Russell Wilson has been traded to the Denver Broncos.
Think about it this way, one could argue that Kirk Cousins is the second-best quarterback in the NFC right now behind Aaron Rodgers. I think Cousins is good but am nowhere near ready to put him in the elite quarterback class.
The Browns can go one of two ways with the loaded class of quarterbacks in the AFC. They can go all in now and try to find a better option for the 2022 season to really compete. Or they can struggle in 2022 with Mayfield and figure it out next year.
I’m not hoping for Mayfield to struggle, I wish he could be the long-term solution, but when you are facing any of those names above in the first round of the playoffs, do you really think the Browns are going to have a chance?
I always try to stay as positive as possible, but with the AFC this loaded at the quarterback position, you may very well see a few teams start to reach. It certainly won’t be cheap to try and upgrade at quarterback, but don’t think for a second that Andrew Berry is satisfied at the position.
Here are three potential changes that could still happen.