Baker Mayfield commerce unlikely earlier than NFL Draft?

Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns could also be caught with one another by way of no less than the tip of April following the membership’s commerce for star signal-caller Deshaun Watson. 

Shortly after it was reported the Carolina Panthers won’t be buying and selling for the 2018 first-overall draft choose, tales surfaced saying a Seattle Seahawks group with Drew Lock and Jacob Eason in its quarterback room was additionally in no hurry to tug the set off on a deal for the 26-year-old owed $18.858 million in totally assured cash for subsequent season. Professional Soccer Community’s Tony Pauline and The Athletic’s Zac Jackson have since offered extra data. 

Pauline notes the Seahawks “have bounced across the thought of buying and selling for Mayfield” but additionally “really feel no urgency to do something at the moment” for the reason that Browns are presently on the hook for the quarterback’s wage and should should “take up a portion” of that money to finish a commerce. 

Jackson, in the meantime, stories “it’s unlikely {that a} commerce will likely be made earlier than the draft” as a result of the Seahawks and different groups can drive Cleveland’s asking value for Mayfield down by teasing they might go quarterback searching through the player-selection course of. Jackson additionally reminded everybody the Browns should account for Mayfield’s $18.858 million on the cap in the event that they lower him, presumably earlier than a group such because the Seahawks or Pittsburgh Steelers would “pounce” to signal the previous starter at a reduced charge. 

Pauline added that Mayfield is working with Jeff Christensen, Patrick Mahomes’ quarterback coach, in Texas “to enhance his throwing mechanics and accuracy” as he recovers from the surgical procedure on his non-throwing shoulder he underwent again in January. It seems Mayfield and the Browns could stay bodily aside but contractually collectively for a while by way of the spring. 

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