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The Cleveland Browns maintain yet to commerce Baker Mayfield after their acquisition this offseason of Deshaun Watson.
But despite the latter dealing with a imaginable suspension, Mayfield’s persevered presence on Cleveland’s roster likely is not an insurance thought in that match, nevertheless it absolutely’s more the Browns making an are attempting to cancel most rate in a doable commerce, per Albert Breer of SI.com:
“I construct not snarl the Browns are retaining onto Mayfield as a Watson suspension insurance policy. And I web how they’ve operated is proof. My thought is Cleveland’s already supplied to persist with it an incredible chunk of his $18.858 million in guaranteed cash for this drop to facilitate a commerce. And a commerce would possibly per chance simply maintain already came about if they were prepared to persist with it more. Which is where this genuinely does reach all of the manner down to rate, gross and simple.”
If the Browns were delaying a Mayfield commerce to discover how the Watson commerce shakes out, why fabricate Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs?
As Breer argues, “the crew is preparing to head on with out Mayfield, despite what happens with Watson.”
And there would possibly be not essential damage for Cleveland in waiting out the commerce market. A closer deal would possibly per chance materialize closer to the season when teams discover their points at the placement or an damage necessitates a keep-now acquisition.
Ready out that market rather than simply cutting ties with Mayfield straight is the logical transfer. As Breer argues, buying and selling Mayfield—even supposing they snatch up some of his wage—and getting draft property in return makes more sense than cutting him, getting nothing in return and mute being “on the hook for all nevertheless despite one more crew indicators him for.”
The drawback leaves Mayfield’s future in limbo, nevertheless, and one possibility of leaving him on the hook for too long is creating a toxic drawback. The closing aspect the Browns are making an are attempting to attain is create a reputation among NFL veterans for leaving a participant out to dry.
Granted, Mayfield’s topsy-turvy four years in Cleveland didn’t exactly fabricate him a most traditional decide in the end of the metropolis. While he showed flashes of being a participant noteworthy of his top total different in the 2018 NFL draft, leading Cleveland to a playoff berth in 2020, he struggled via accidents the following season. In 2021, he threw for simply 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, finishing 60.5 p.c of his passes.
Watson became as soon as an upgrade from a football sense. But there are mute optics to the divorce with Mayfield that the Browns deserve to think. Within the intervening time, nevertheless, unhurried-having fun with the downside makes sense for the crew.