At this point in time, it’s almost as if Baker Mayfield has become a scornful word around football. The former No. 1 overall pick whose 29-30 record through four campaigns has seen questions raised toward his overall impact as an NFL starter, teams in search of a new face under center could look no further than the Cleveland Browns’ current QB1. Following reports of Cleveland’s interest in Deshaun Watson, if anything were to mesh into something significant, Mayfield’s bags would be packed and labeled to ship out to his next destination—assuming Houston would like additional draft picks instead of Mayfield in return for Watson.
With that in mind, and the current need for QB1s littered across the league, while Mayfield by no means is a game-breaking talent that can holster an offense alone—getting back to full strength could see him work back to the level of play he enjoyed in 2020, however—here are a few teams that could entertain Mayfield as his next home.
A roster without direction, fresh legs are needed under center with Carson Wentz now in Washington—Sam Ehlinger represents the only quarterback under contract. In an offense headlined by Jonathan Taylor, the Colts will continue to lean heavily on one of the top backs in football, but an above-average aerial attack is needed to keep teams from placing eight in the box on a snap-by-snap basis. Expectations remain uncertain for Frank Reich’s group, and if anyone is in need of a breath of fresh air inhaled into his career’s lungs, it’s Mayfield.
Rumored to be interested in trading for Watson, the Panthers should be in on any quarterback willing to explore options elsewhere considering their current scenario, to be frank. While a move for Watson could see Carolina challenge for the NFC South crown this fall, if they swing and miss, landing a talent like Mayfield in a different conference with suitable weapons around him could potentially welcome some success.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
With Drew Brees and Sean Payton both gone, the new-look Saints are in need of an identity. Under newly-minted head coach Dennis Allen, the addition of the uber-confident Mayfield in the boot could be a nice fit on the surface. Although the oft-criticized signal-caller has a long way to go in winning over any fan base, the Saints are owners of talent on both sides of the ball and Mayfield would not have immediate playoff expectations hanging over his head.
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