Around two weeks ago, Baker Mayfield had an idea of the next team he will be playing for. When asked where he will play next, the former starting QB of the Browns responded that being acquired by the Seattle Seahawks is “probably the most likely option” for him, but has “no idea” in the end.
His “most likely option” doesn’t appear as it will happen.
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly “don’t sound overly eager” to trade for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, according to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. Anderson noted the Seahawks are hesitant to take on Mayfield at his current salary, given he’s “in a situation where they feel Cleveland has to eventually move him.”
Mayfield is owed a guaranteed $18.9 million for 2022 from the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The franchise can clear the full amount with a trade, but would be left with the entire salary in dead cap if the quarterback was released.
Cleveland also already acquired Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett, and Joshua Dobbs this offseason, so Mayfield’s time with the franchise is most certainly over.
The Seahawks have been considered a top contender to land Mayfield because of their lack of established quarterbacks on the roster after trading away Russell Wilson. In that trade, Drew Lock came to Seattle and the team would re-sign Geno Smith with the team on a one-year deal.
The 2018 No. 1 draft pick has 59 starts and is averaging 3,531 passing yards and 23 touchdowns per season with an 87.8 quarterback rating.