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Browns Making Concessions to Get Baker Mayfield Trade Done

Larry Rupp
The Cleveland Browns are making concessions to get a Baker Mayfield trade done.
The Cleveland Browns are making concessions to get a Baker Mayfield trade done. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield's time is Cleveland has been near its end ever since the team traded a number of draft picks for quarterback Deshaun Watson. It looks like the front office is now starting to make concessions in order to get some sort of deal done prior to the start of the 2022 NFL season.

Baker Mayfield Trade Rumors

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports that Cleveland has offered to take on a chunk of Mayfield's $18.8 million in guaranteed money if it means a trade will be completed. Of course, that wasn't the case months ago when Mayfield was first being shopped around as a high-quality starter.

It's a move the Browns are likely going to have to make considering how little leeway they have in the situation. Cutting Mayfield would put the team on the hook for everything besides what he signs for elsewhere and taking the route of termination pay would mean Cleveland has to pay the entire salary.

If the front office can find a way to save even just a few million dollars, it will be worth it. That's especially true given the fact that the Browns do not see Mayfield as an insurance policy in case Watson gets suspended. They rather seem him as dead weight on a roster that could use the money.

Overall, the former Heisman Trophy winner has posted a 29-30 record as a starter across four NFL seasons and tossed 92 touchdowns compared to 56 interceptions. Mayfield also averages 235.4 passing yards per game as well as 11.9 yards per completion (61.6% completion percentage).

With Watson in the backfield, Cleveland owns +2000 odds to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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