After a rumor started about Baker Mayfield, a star receiver quickly spoke out. Will the Cleveland Browns find a trade partner for the outspoken QB?
Andrew Berry and the Cleveland Browns have been trying to find a new home for Baker Mayfield for the last few weeks, but have had no success. With Mayfield in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, the final year of his contract is fully guaranteed and the $18.9 million cap hit has been too much for another team to consider.
When news broke that the Browns were hot and heavy in the pursuit of Deshaun Watson, the writing was on the wall that the Mayfield era in Cleveland was coming to an end. At the time, many believed the Browns would at least be able to get a late-round pick for someone to take Mayfield and his salary for the 2022 season.
After Mayfield made it clear he wasn’t going to play for the Browns even before landing Watson, his “chip on the shoulder” mentality has continued to demise his trade value.
Most believe that the Seahawks make the most sense at this point in time for a trade. After moving on from Russell Wilson, Drew Lock would be the opening day starter, and Mayfield certainly has had better production than him.
On Friday morning, a new report that the Carolina Panthers may be interested in Mayfield broke the Twitter timeline. The Sam Darnold experiment didn’t go as planned in 2021, and the team also failed in the Watson bidding war.
Certainly, there are guys in the league who simply don’t like other guys, but the be that blunt and post it on Instagram is a bold move from an influential player on the Panthers roster. I’m not sure how interested the Panthers ever were in Mayfield, but I would say that rumor is officially dead.
It’s hard to say if there is a specific reason for Anderson’s comments, but it’s safe to say that the league is starting to show they don’t appreciate the way Mayfield has handled this whole situation.
Don’t get me wrong, if he gets cut, he will find a place to go even if it’s in a backup role. But after the way he has handled his business the last few months, there likely aren’t a ton of teams knocking on the door to make him an employee of their organization.