Baker Mayfield: Waiting Game
If the Browns are to get any value out of Mayfield they will have to play the waiting game. In the mean time, they need Baker to grow up and shut up. The more Baker-antics there are, the more he hurts himself and his chances to start in the NFL.
The Browns wanted a first-round pick. But reports are now out that teams are not only not offering a high level pick but they are asking for picks to take on Baker’s salary.
The dream of getting a first-round pick for Baker is over. Or is it? Funny how things change over time.
When training camp rolls around, teams may discover a guy isn’t who they thought he was. Or an unfortunate injury happens and a team finds themselves in need of a quarterback.
The best move for the Browns is to wait out Mayfield. Mayfield has decided to start a Mexican standoff with his career. The Browns should simply refuse to trade him until they can get what they want from the market.
The Browns should let Mayfield make good on his threat to sit out 2022. If he does, Mayfield will not be paid. He will not accrue service time. He will stay under the control of the Browns into the next season.
If an opportunity arises to trade Mayfield for a high pick before the 2022 season, go for it. If not, let him sit and wait for the next offseason. At some point, a team will do a “thorough investigation” of Mayfield and will be “comfortable” bringing him in.
The Browns should let Baker make good on his threat to sit out. Maybe then the anti-Browns crowd/media will portray him as a victim thereby increasing his value. When his value goes up, the Browns need to pounce.
Don’t like the Browns saying they want an “adult” at quarterback? Then maybe Mayfield should act like one.