- The Browns reportedly don’t want to cut former starting quarterback Baker Mayfield
- The team might be stuck with him as they can’t seem to find a trade partner
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The Browns reportedly don’t want to cut former starting signal caller Baker Mayfield.
This news comes despite the fact that they’ve been unable to deal the passer to another team in the NFL. A number of suitors have shown interest this offseason, but none have pulled the trigger.
Most recently, the Panthers tried to get a deal done, but their asking price for the quarterback was too high. Carolina wanted Cleveland to pay 75% of Mayfield’s contract in order to take a flyer on the former No. 1 pick.
Now, trade opportunities are dwindling. But it seems that the front office doesn’t want to give their former top pick away for nothing.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 29, 2022
So that begs the question, are the Browns willing to go into the 2022 NFL season with Mayfield still on the roster or has the relationship been too far severed?
Fans react to the latest Baker Mayfield news from the Browns
Many around social media reacted to the breaking news. Some believe that the team will need Mayfield moving forward as projected starter Deshaun Watson is still dealing with legal issues. Those legal woes could lead to a suspension in the upcoming year.
It’s a good move. If DW is suspended, then he’s the starter. In a contract year, has to show he has value, and if he refuses to play, Browns don’t have to pay gun. I’d bet they cut him if Watson isn’t suspended.
— Jared Crowe (@jcrowe08) May 30, 2022
They need him
— Black Prez (@BlackPrez) May 29, 2022
Others think that the Browns are still holding out for a possible trade. The Panthers and Seahawks are both still being linked to the quarterback.
They’re holding out for some kind of trade compensation or to have him start when Watson is suspended.
Similar to the Ben Simmons issue, it will likely pay to be patient here for Cleveland.
— YardsAfterContract (@after_yards) May 29, 2022
#Browns wanna pay at least half of the $18.89 million while teams interested only want to pay $5-$6 million at most.
There’s gonna be a deal done.. but it could be by mid-June
— 🇵🇷 𝔖𝔢𝔫𝔰𝔢𝔦 🐅 (@MxsftCulture) May 29, 2022
Finally, some just see it as an embarrassment for everyone involved following the dramatics that took place over the offseason.
This is embarrassing
— TheFanOpinion🔮 (@TheFanOpinion) May 29, 2022
— bk33332 #FreeBaker (@bk33332) May 30, 2022
We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the gunslinger. If he has to stay in Cleveland, things could get a little awkward.