It wasn’t the year the Browns or Baker Mayfield wanted in 2021 after they finished 8-9. Baker didn’t play that well either and for that the team has moved on from Baker to Deshaun Watson.
The team reportedly wanted an adult in the room but really just wanted someone better and Baker ins’t happy about it.
In fact, he feels disrespected.
While on the YNK Ya Know What I Mean podcast, Baker was asked if he felt disrespected and he said 100% he does because he was told one thing and the team did another. Baker also talks about how inconsistent his time there has been with 4 different head coaches in 4 years and how he’s looking for some stability right now.
Right now, Baker is still on the team and will either be cut or traded at some point with the Seahawks being the frontrunners at the moment with the Panthers as a close second via CBS Sports.
Can’t you just envision Pete Carroll talking himself into this? After dealing franchise great Russell Wilson, Seattle has a huge hole under center, no matter how much the team props up throw-in acquisition Drew Lock. With over $20M in remaining cap space, they could easily take a one-year flyer on Mayfield, giving themselves a decent point guard for Carroll’s run-heavy approach, then reassess in 2023. Baker’s arrival wouldn’t preclude them from drafting a QB early, either.
They were seemingly all in on Watson, a perceived cure-all to their slew of QB misfires since Matt Rhule’s arrival. It stands to reason, now that they didn’t get the big fish, they’ll pivot to the draft, where they might be able to buy the current regime more time with a homegrown project. And yet owner David Tepper is perhaps more desperate for a QB than anyone. With over $20M in remaining cap space, they could view Mayfield as a more proven version of the Sam Darnold gamble and still address QB in the draft.
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