Reason Cleveland Browns have been Sidelined No. 2 – Figuring out the Mayfield contract
The Cleveland Browns currently have over $20 million in cap space for 2022, so I don’t want to act like the Browns having to eat that contract will decimate them. But it’s certainly a top priority for Berry to address.
At this point, it feels like the Browns will either be forced to release Baker Mayfield or give up a pick to get someone to take on his contract. Unfortunately, no team is desperate enough at the position to even give up a seventh-round pick for the former overall No. 1 overall pick.
While the Seattle Seahawks do make sense, the fact that they are likely in a complete rebuild makes them slightly less likely. Should Mayfield be released, he will likely have a lot of suitors.
Keep this in mind though, we still don’t know what is to come of Watson for the 2022 season. Some believe he could be suspended for the entire season with the vast majority expecting a four to a six-game suspension.
Mayfield wears his emotions on his sleeve, but do the Browns dare keep him around to start the first few games of the year and then look to move him? It would take Mayfield swallowing a lot of pride but could be his best option.
The picture is still very unclear at the moment for Mayfield, but there is no doubt it is part of the reason things are moving slower than they were to begin the offseason.