Baker Mayfield needs a home, even though he technically has one at the moment.
The surgery Mayfield underwent on his non-throwing shoulder would prevent him from practicing at this point and his salary for next year makes it even worse for teams to want to come and get him with his time in Cleveland being all but over.
According to reports, two teams remain interested in making a move for the former Oklahoma Sooners star.
“The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks are both still interested in Mayfield’s services, but they don’t want to pay nearly all of his contract. In the end, the Browns are likely going to have to take on half of the $19 million that Mayfield is due in the 2022 season. When you think about it, that is cheap for a starting quarterback, but there is no promise Mayfield will start,” Browns Digest reports.
More than two months have passed since the Browns traded for former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and signed him to a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $230 million.
There’s been speculation that the Browns could keep Mayfield and have him start while Watson serves any suspension handed down under the personal conduct policy in the wake of him being accused by 20-plus women of sexual misconduct, but that seems unlikely given the potential locker-room awkwardness.
Mayfield felt disrespected by the Browns and claimed that Cleveland lied to him about trading for Watson. The quarterback still remains on the roster due to not finding an adequate trade partner and Cleveland not wanting to absorb enough of his $18.858 million salary.
Cleveland does not have the leverage to negotiate regarding Mayfield’s contract, which is a positive for both the Panthers and the Seahawks.