Question No. 1: Where will Baker Mayfield go?
I discussed this in a previous article about Mayfield’s potential next landing spots. I believe five teams could be in the mix including the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Houston Texans.
I’ve made the case that if Mayfield wanted to compete for a starting job, then either the Seahawks or the Texans would be the best options. Neither of these teams had a quarterback that’s been a solid starter in their careers. Drew Lock is in Seattle and Davis Mills is in Houston.
There are two more teams that I’m adding to this list including the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. In the case of the Cowboys, I think that their owner Jerry Jones likes to have his team in the news.
Mayfield could go there and be a backup to Dak Prescott and be able to fill in at a moment’s notice. Mayfield is a Texas kid and returning there to play for America’s team would seem logical. Old school Browns fans might recall another former Cleveland franchise quarterback who landed in Dallas in the early 1990s. Bernie Kosar was that player and he earned a Super Bowl ring with those old Cowboy teams.
The other team I’m adding is the Saints. They have a quarterback in Jameis Winston as their starter and while Mayfield would start out as the backup he might have a better shot at becoming the starter in time. Currently, the Saints have Andy Dalton on their team as the backup. While this scenario is a bit more unlikely, Dalton is about to be 35 years old. Mayfield is only 27 years old. The Saints didn’t draft any collegiate prospects either in this year’s NFL Draft.
Stay tuned Cleveland fans. while it may be feeling a bit bizarre that the former No. 1 draft pick can’t find a team to take him, things might be clearer by the time training camp comes around. If not it might be more like the movie “Ground Hog Day”.
For everyone’s sake let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point.