As NFL teams continue to sign new quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield’s status appears to have stagnated.
On Monday, the Falcons sent veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to the Colts, with Indianapolis reportedly being Mayfield’s preferred destination after the Browns traded to former Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson last week.
With Watson now poised to be Cleveland’s future starter — agreeing to a five-year, $230 million contract that’s fully guaranteed — it remains to be seen where Mayfield will end up as the quarterback carousel continues to spin at full speed.
The Saints, who were also finalists in the Watson Sweepstakes, don’t seem like an option as a team newly signed quarterback Jameis Winston. The former first-round pick agreed to a two-year contract with a base value of $28 million, including $21 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Winston is currently rehabilitating a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained at the end of last season.
The Panthers, meanwhile, weren’t shy about their tough chase for a quarterback and could very well be chasing Mayfield. Carolina could also focus on top quarterback prospects in April’s NFL draft as they have sixth pick overall.
Other obvious teams with quarterback vacancies now include the Falcons, Texans and Seahawks, who traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos earlier this month. After Friday’s Watson trade, reports surfaced that Seattle could also be pushing for Mayfield.
Though Mayfield, 26, could be the next quarterback domino to fall, there’s also a question mark hanging over Jimmy Garoppolo, who has long been speculated to be parting ways with the 49ers.
Mayfield is currently working back from surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder. His status for the start of the 2022 season is unclear, which could potentially be a red flag for potential teams.
Mayfield is due $18.9 million for the fifth-year option on his rookie deal in 2022, which isn’t too expensive in the NFL quarterback community. As such, teams might be intrigued by the thought of adding a young, cheaper quarterback.
Mayfield, the Browns’ first overall pick of 2018, has yet to publicly address his player future since the Watson trade. As of Monday afternoon, he remains in the Browns roster. But as NFL fans have learned of late, that could be changing quickly.
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