‘New team’ could disrupt trade between Seahawks and Browns

A “new team” has emerged to thwart a Baker Mayfield deal with the Seattle Seahawks for the Cleveland Browns.

That Seattle Seahawks have long been a potential trading target for Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield, but not so fast my friend…

If it wasn’t the Seahawks, then the next most likely team for Mayfield had to be the Carolina Panthers. Outside of this duo, you’d really be grasping at straws for an ideal landing spot for the former No. 1 overall pick. Trading him in a conference never seemed likely, but what if teams like the New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers were interested in him?

Michael Balko reported Sunday morning, “The Seahawks and the Browns are still in talks about quarterback Baker Mayfield. A deal was nearing completion, but a new team reportedly entered the Mayfield Sweepstakes as well. Stay tuned.”

How much validity does that have, or are the Browns just forming a “new team” to apply pressure?

Baker Mayfield trade rumours: ‘New team’ emerges for Cleveland Browns QB

There are three main heists in Mayfield that are dealt with: How much of his salary does the team that trades for him have to take? Will this team have to lay off a player or two to get under the salary cap to win it? And most importantly, how long will Deshaun Watson be banned? If Watson doesn’t get a full-season suspension, that makes a move from Mayfield all the more likely.

Mayfield is playing with his fifth-year option worth 2022 $18.5 million, which is fully guaranteed. He’ll be a free agent after this season, so this fall would essentially be a dry run for him to see if he’s a potential long-term fit for his new team. Interestingly, Cleveland has the most cap space in the NFL at $41.2 million. Carolina could be earning his entire $24.3 million salary in space.

Granted, New Orleans and Tampa Bay are interesting potential landing spots for him. Mayfield is arguably better than Saints starter Jameis Winston, but New Orleans already has guys like Andy Dalton, Ian Book and the ultimate gadget guy in Taysom Hill on its list. As for the Buccaneers, this is likely to be Tom Brady’s final year. Mayfield is way better than Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask.

And if we’re going to have fun, what about the Detroit Lions? In theory, Cleveland could swap Mayfield for Jared Goff just to get him out of the building. The problem is that Goff is signed and wearing one for the next three seasons $41.5 million dead cap hit for Detroit in 2022. The Lions also can’t afford Mayfield right now, as they don’t even have $10 million in available cap space.

Ultimately, it feels like the Browns are doing their best to jack up the price for the Seahawks so they can take more of Mayfield’s guaranteed salary. However, with Watson suspended for the entire season, it serves Cleveland and Mayfield to mend fences and stay together for the kids for another year. Otherwise it will be The Jacoby Brissett Show for the ridiculous Browns franchise.

If the Browns act Mayfield, it could indicate Watson will not be suspended indefinitely.

https://fansided.com/2022/07/03/baker-mayfield-rumors-seahawks-browns-trade-new-team/ ‘New team’ could disrupt trade between Seahawks and Browns

John Verrall

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