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Browns could keep Baker Mayfield as Deshaun Watson’s backup

The Browns could “make it work” with quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson both on the roster next season.

Cleveland CEO Andrew Berry hinted at keeping their full quarterback roomwhich includes Jacoby Brissett while discussing the situation at Tuesday’s annual league meeting – noting that the Browns are in no rush to take action “at the most important position in the sport.”

CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that it’s “quite possible” that the Browns will go into week one with both Mayfield and Watson on the team this year.

Right now, Berry said the Browns don’t have a “specific timeline” to make a decision about Mayfield.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield remains on the list after the team traded for Deshaun Watson
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield remains on the list after the team traded for Deshaun Watson
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“Baker is a pro, he’s signed and we have the (cap) flexibility whether he’s on the roster or not. So we don’t really feel pressured to rush into something that’s subpar,” Berry said, according to The Athletic.

When asked if the Browns were willing to give up a pick or pay a portion of Mayfield’s $18.8 million guaranteed salary to complete a trade, Berry said he would not get into speculative situations.

“The reality is quarterbacks are valuable. Baker is a good player and you can’t have enough good players in your squad. We’ve already planned for it to work and we’ll just see how the next few weeks, the next few months go,” Berry said.

The Browns traded for Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson in March 2022
The Browns traded for Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson in March 2022
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Berry opened up about the reality of Cleveland’s quarterback situation after the Browns won the Watson sweepstakes earlier this month — and signed the former Texan to a record five-year, $230 million, full-guarantee contract. The amazing move came after Mayfield requested a trade upon learning the Browns were pursuing Watson.

“I think if we look at the QB room we have three good players at the most important position in the sport. That’s not to say there aren’t things we’ll be working through over the next few months, but I don’t see it as a bad situation at all,” Berry said. “We feel like we have three good ones and a lot of teams are still looking for a guy so don’t mind being deep there and we’ll take it as it goes.”

The Browns introduced Watson at a news conference last Friday, where the quarterback pleaded innocence amid lawsuits from 22 women alleging sexual assault.

The Mayfields were spotted at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event in Texas on Saturday, March 26, 2022
The Mayfields were spotted at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event in Texas on Saturday, March 26, 2022
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Cleveland sealed the deal with Watson after a Texas grand jury decided not to indict the quarterback on criminal charges. A second grand jury in Texas also declined to indict Watson.

The former Texas quarterback isn’t out of the woods just yet, however. He could still be suspended by the NFL for the 22 active civil cases against him.

Mayfield, meanwhile, has remained silent while the Browns rolled out the red carpet for his replacement. Over the weekend, he and his wife Emily were spotted at the World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas.

The Browns’ former first overall said in its trade inquiry earlier this month that its relationship with Cleveland is “too advanced to fix.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/29/baker-mayfield-could-remain-on-browns-ras-deshaun-watsons-backup/ Browns could keep Baker Mayfield as Deshaun Watson’s backup

JOE HERNANDEZ

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