By Bill Speros | | 5 mins
Baker Mayfield Next Team Odds: Where Next For Browns QB?
Baker Mayfield may soon join Amy and lose his spot in the Progressive Field Book Club.
Mayfield, the Browns QB for the past four seasons, has seen his relationship deteriorate with the Cleveland front office this offseason, to the point where Mayfield requested a trade from the team in March. Mayfield wanted out after the Browns traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson, then signed him to the richest contract in NFL history.
Cleveland inking Watson to be the face of its franchise isn't going smooth. Watson faced two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct from during his time with the Houston Texans. He has settled out of court with most of them, but the NFL may still hand down a significant penalty. A season-long suspension isn't off the table.
So Mayfield may, in fact, still be on the Browns roster when they play at the Carolina Panthers in Week 1. Still, his “farewell address” posted on social media and subsequent trade request made it clear he wants a fresh start, making Jacoby Brissett the likely Week 1 starter in Cleveland should Watson get suspended.
Here's some good news for Browns fans: While it won't be in time for Week 1, Ohio sports betting is set to go live on Jan. 1, 2023, in time for the final few weeks of the regular season and the entire postseason. But when betting on the Browns in January, who will be under center? It's unlikely to be Baker...
Baker Mayfield Next Team Odds For 2022
Where do these developments leave Baker this upcoming season? Here are our projected NFL odds on where Mayfield will take his first snap of the 2022-23 NFL season. These odds are compiled using a Bookies.com analysis of the potential candidates and news reports.
|San Francisco 49ers||+850||10.5%|
|New York Giants||+1250||7.4%|
Mistakes By The Lake
The Browns faltered in 2021 after reaching the playoffs a year earlier and knocking out the hated Steelers in the first round. Mayfield was oft-injured and missed three games. He struggled from the start. He openly clashed with Odell Beckham Jr. and all-but forced a deal to trade away the mercurial wide receiver. OBJ landed in La La Land and had a Hollywood ending to this season by winning a Super Bowl with the Rams. Beckham, unfortunately, suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl and will likely miss at least part of the upcoming season.
There are a combination of reasons why the Browns have reportedly grown tired of Mayfield. He was the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma in 2018. Winning is always the ultimate antiseptic whenever there are issues in the locker room or between players and the front office. And losing always aggravates whatever issues exist.
“The one thing I was told is that it’s just not a match emotionally," Chris Mortensen said on NFL Live earlier this offseason before Cleveland traded for Watson. "Whereas Baker Mayfield’s passion and emotional leadership was embraced at Oklahoma, and even in the beginning with the Browns, things have changed and they want what they consider ‘an adult’ at that position and that Baker Mayfield probably is going to be moved.”
What’s Next For The Browns?
The Browns went 8-9 in 2021-22 and finished tied for last in the AFC North with Baltimore. Meanwhile, their intra-state rival Bengals usurped Cleveland’s role as the up-and-coming team in the AFC and went all the way to the Super Bowl behind Joe Burrow and a stingy defense.
The QB market tightened significantly after Aaron Rodgers opted to stay in Green Bay. The dominoes began to fall quickly, leaving the Browns with few trading partners to shop Mayfield. Russell Wilson was traded to Denver. Carson Wentz got shipped to Washington and Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. Tom Brady ended his retirement. The Steelers were so panicked they signed Mitch Trubisky and then drafted Kenny Pickett. The Browns stayed patient and got Watson. But what to do with Baker?
Where Will Mayfield Play Next Season?
The Seahawks and Panthers could use Mayfield given their uncertainty at QB. The issue in Seattle is they acquired Drew Lock when dealing Wilson. It is unlikely they'd give up on him before the season even begins, despite Lock's inconsistent play in the NFL so far. As for the Panthers, they will struggle to get out from Sam Darnold, making a move for Mayfield difficult but not impossible.
The Falcons are an intriguing choice here, although they will likely turn to third-round pick Desmond Ridder if Marcus Mariota really flames out. Perhaps a team that is OK for a QB in 2022 but has an expiring contract may look to make a proactive move for the future. The New York Giants, with Daniel Jones entering the final year of his rookie deal, are a possibility. If the 49ers are able to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo, then a move for Mayfield is possible there too. But again, they invested heavily in Trey Lance.