NFL reporter Ian Rapaport has dropped a major bombshell when it comes to Baker Mayfield and his future within the league.
If you were to look in the dictionary for the definition of the word ‘stuck’, there’s a good chance that you would see a picture of Baker Mayfield staring back at you.
Despite the Cleveland Browns seemingly making it very clear that they were not interested in Mayfield moving forward, best shown by their acquisition of Deshaun Watson this past offseason, despite the looming possible suspension, he still remains part of the Browns organisation. Although that isn’t necessarily for a lack of trying.
Reports have suggested over the past couple of months that the Carolina Panthers have been showing a keen interest in bringing him on board, whilst the Detroit Lions have also been mooted as a possible destination.
However, disagreements over just how much of Mayfield’s salary the Browns and Mayfield’s next team would have to pay have been causing a few problems when it comes to getting him out the door, and as a result, he still finds himself stuck in Cleveland.
One more team to add to the list
There are a few more teams around the NFL who could still use a quarterback, one such example being the Seattle Seahawks. So far the only options for the Seahawks in terms of a veteran presence are Geno Smith and Drew Lock, who have won a combined 21 NFL games between them, which isn’t a number that screams success moving forward.
ESPN reporter Josina Anderson claimed that Pete Carroll’s men were even open to giving him a contract extension as they looked to take him on for the long-term as well as the immediate future:
I’m told the #Seahawks still have a high-level of interest in acquiring QB Baker Mayfield and behind-the-scenes are open to contractually extending him, per league source. I also know that the process of collecting information and insights into Mayfield is still ongoing.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 22, 2022
However, according to Ian Rapaport, those claims might be somewhat wide of the mark.
What’s he said?
Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show as part of a discussion about the quarterback carousel around the league, Rapaport claimed that the Seahawks are not interested in signing Mayfield, and indeed have never been keen on bringing him to the Pacific Northwest:
So it really is a case of believing who you want to believe in this matter, although with training camp and the preseason getting all the closer, you would imagine that if the Seahawks did want to bring him in and get him used to the system, there’s a chance that they would have done it by now.
As always in matters like this, there is a chance that the situation could change, Lock or Smith could get an injury that forces Seattle’s hand in the matter and gets them to make a drastic move, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Of course it’s not just the Seahawks that could potentially find themselves in that situation, injuries could happen to any team, but the longer this drags out, the more you start to wonder if Mayfield will be on an NFL roster at all in 2022.