The Cleveland Browns traded for quarterback DeShaun Watson back in March, which essentially sealed former starter Baker Mayfield's fate. The 27-year-old remains on the roster as he awaits a trade and his suitors have become more apparent following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.
A number of teams decided to pass at the QB position and could look toward the trade market as a way to fill in the gap. There's no denying that Mayfield's experience could come in handy as a top-tier backup option. With that in mind, here's a look at the three of the best trade destinations for Mayfield.
Baker Mayfield Trade Destinations
1. Detroit Lions
Many people were surprised to see the Lions make no additions to the quarterback position in either free agency or the 2022 NFL Draft. The current depth chart includes the likes of Jared Goff, Tim Boyle, David Blough and Steven Montez. Goff seems to have the starting job locked down, but Boyle lost all three of his 2021 starts by an average of 9.7 points and passed for only 175.3 yards per game. On the other hand, Mayfield owns a respectable 11.9 yards per completion mark in his career and could push Goff to be better in 2022. He would also be a great backup plan for head coach Dan Campbell in case an injury were to occur.
2. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks find themselves in a very similar position to the Lions. After trading away franchise star Russell Wilson, the team is left with a bevy of subpar signal-callers. None of Drew Lock, Geno Smith or Jacob Eason drum up too much confidence among Seattle fans. The front office decided to not draft a QB and it leaves the team in perfect position to make a deal for Mayfield, instead. The former Oklahoma standout is motivated to prove he still has what it takes to play in the NFL and owns a career record of 29-30. That is much better than what Lock or Smith brings to the table at this point.
3. Los Angeles Rams
While this one may be a bit out of the box, head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have proven they will do whatever it takes to put the team in position to win. Trading for Mayfield would give LA a backup capable of winning games if starter Matthew Stafford would be absent for any reason. Keep in mind current backups John Wolford and Bryce Perkins have combined for 42 career pass attempts and 0 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, Mayfield owns a career 92:56 touchdown to interceptions ratio. Letting go of a late-round draft pick to upgrade at an important position seems right up the Rams' alley.
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