Could the Browns face Baker Mayfield twice per season?

Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

With Todd Monken joining the Baltimore Ravens, some are suggesting former Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield could become their fallback plan if they lose Lamar Jackson

With Greg Roman exiting following the 2022 season, the Baltimore Ravens are now turning to Todd Monken as their offensive coordinator. Monken, who just won two NCAA titles with Georgia, spent the 2019 season with the Cleveland Browns and he clearly wasn’t thrilled with the organization.

After his one-year stint in Berea, Monken called the team a “total mess.” Of course, we all know this now as the franchise was a disaster under Freddie Kitchens.

However, there are also reports that Monken’s disdain didn’t carry over to his quarterback. Monken was always supportive of Baker Mayfield, saying late in the 2019 season that he believed he was the “right guy” for their team.

Of course, this could just be coach speak, but there are those still saying Monken could be interested in reuniting with Mayfield should the Ravens be unable to land Lamar Jackson.

Could the Browns see Baker Mayfield in 2023?

Mayfield did a lot of good during his four seasons in Cleveland but the end was about as ugly as you could imagine. Despite the nasty departure, he helped bring some stability to the quarterback position and even led them to the NFL Playoffs in 2020.

Just two years later, he was replaced by Deshaun Watson and traded to the Carolina Panthers. He nearly led them to a Week 1 win over the Browns but things soured after that.

Mayfield later asked for his release and found himself starting for the Los Angeles Rams against the Raiders on a Thursday Night Football game. With just two days to prepare, he somehow led them to an improbable come-from-behind win.

Now a free agent, he hopes his stint in L.A. did enough to convince someone to take a chance. And if the Ravens lose their former MVP, it’s not too far-fetched to imagine him competing with Tyler Huntley for a starting job.