Report: Browns could trade Baker Mayfield even if they don’t get Deshaun Watson

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The Browns completed their meeting with quarterback Deshaun Watson in Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of profootballnetwork.com reports.

If the Browns can work out a trade for Watson, with the quarterback agreeing to waive his no-trade clause, then Cleveland will work on a trade of Baker Mayfield. The Texans do not want Mayfield as part of any deal, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports.

The Texans are expected to go with Davis Mills as their starting quarterback next season as they continue their rebuild.

Mayfield likely wouldn’t have the Texans as his top choice anyway.

The obvious question, though, is: What happens to Mayfield if the Browns don’t get Watson?

The Browns still could trade Mayfield even if they don’t get Watson, according to Cabot.

“The visit with Watson seems like a dealbreaker, and Mayfield and the Browns could be headed for a divorce regardless if Watson lands here or not,” Cabot writes.

Mayfield is under contract for 2022 at his fifth-year option of $18.86 million.

With more teams in need of a starting quarterback than there are starting quarterbacks, the Browns likely could get a nice return for Mayfield.

64 responses to “Report: Browns could trade Baker Mayfield even if they don’t get Deshaun Watson

  1. y paying Mayfield $19 mil next year to play. If they don’t have a starter, they’re not going to see him as the answer.

  2. Could you imagine the Texans not wanting him as part of the return? How embarrassing…
    Should have drafted josh allen Cleveland

  3. Mayfield to the Raiders. McDaniels did alot of work on Baker before the Browns took him #1 in the draft and the rumors around Carr this could make sense.

  4. There’s a dark rain cloud following Baker around like that dust cloud that used to follow around Pigpen in Peanuts.
    He’s probably on permanent “burn” right now.

  5. Wentz blows too but Washington traded two third round picks for him – Browns would take that for Mayfield.

  6. Cleveland is so dysfunctional. How do you walk away from a QB you selected #1 overall in the draft after only 4 seasons? The Browns is the Browns.

  7. get the feeling the Browns will have to pay some team to take # 6 .. he has very little value..

  8. Should Cleveland squire Watson, I see a three team deal involving the Colts. Perhaps Mayfield will be the game manager the Colts desire.

  9. leave it up to the browns to screw this up royally. The number of starters we have had since returning could staff every team in the league and even provide a backup or two, we have a guy who had one bad year after taking us to the playoffs and now the team is all in on a sex abuser, and publically flaunting their distain for Mayfield. There is no way this ends positively for the browns. We either get a sex abuser, (who by the way only had one good year and hasnt wont a playoff game) or we dont and have to stick with mayfield for a year who is going to be royally POed, and will probably have a great year, only to walk at the end of his rookie contract because of the disrespect this team has show him. What a joke of an organization.

  10. Ouch! I assumed the Texans would love to have native TX boy Baker. I really hope the Browns can pull off this trade for Watson. Would be instant AFC contenders. Any draft picks they’d have to give up would be late picks. Just hope they dont have to throw in Denzel Ward, as I’ve heard mentioned on a few tweets.

  11. If I’m Houston and I’m trading him to Cleveland they are losing their high picks PLUS one of their TEs, Hunt and Greedy Williams

  12. 11-5 and a playoff win over the arch-rival. Moral of the story? Don’t play hurt.

    I am a Browns fan and I want Mayfield under center.

  13. It’s hilarious how everyone said OBJ was the problem in Cleveland. Baker stinks.

  14. Mayfield could make a few more Mil doing a real estate ad. You know, planting the ‘For Sale’ sign in front of ‘his’ house.

    Be even funnier if he did a showing with a few FA QB’s and/or potential draft picks.

  15. OBJ leaving divided the locker room. Jarvis kept quiet , played hurt, but sided with OBJ.
    OBJ jettisoned
    Jarvis jettisoned
    ….and now Baker will be jettisoned. You CAN’T have a divided locker room

  16. How to be the Cleveland Browns: 1) draft franchise QB with first overall pick 2) First overall pick leads you to a playoff win for the first time in a quarter century 3) QB gets hurts early the next season and guts it out all year long with a torn labrum and busted ribs 4) “throw the bum out” and trade away half your franchise for the next big thing. Rinse and repeat. This franchise is truly a factory of sadness. They will never, ever win a super bowl.

  17. Watson 100% is not interested in Cleveland, this is more a PR tour than him being open to all of these teams.

    And CLE knew this before they took the meeting, which pretty clearly signals their intentions regarding Mayfield.

  18. Davis Mills was the best of the rookie QBs. Not even a question. When you look at the teams, the systems, what each had to work with, etc…it was very clear. After just 11 starts at Stanford due to Covid and an injury…the best high school prospect in the country, which included Trevor Lawrence, was a steal by the Texans. He was thrown into game 2 on a team in total disarray, played 6 games and survived..then T.Taylor came back from injury for 3-4 games and then Mills started the final 5. In those final 5 Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 9th best QB in the NFL (on a disaster team with no running game (worst in NFL), no oline, no rcvrs of real note), had the highest completion factor (around 75%) and a great TD:INT ratio. Mills is a very smart kid, good athlete, very good arm (deep, short, slants, etc) and by all appearances learns very quickly.
    The fact that he wasn’t a total disaster should be very telling to anyone paying attention. Texans are absolutely doing the right thing by going with him. They may just have made a steal of a draft pick…but most of the nation has no idea. At least not yet.

  19. Mayfield is cheap. He played hurt last year so it was a down year. Browns will likely regret dumping him. He is better than any available free agent other than Watson and Watson has baggage and whoever gets him is mortgaging their future giving up a boatload of draft picks.

  20. ampats says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Mayfield to the Raiders. McDaniels did alot of work on Baker before the Browns took him #1 in the draft and the rumors around Carr this could make sense.
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    Tell me again why the Raiders would downgrade to Mayfield who is also coming off of a surgery?

  21. @cs-Lewis:
    Watson has won a playoff game. After the 2019 season.
    Josh Allen’s 1st playoff game that everyone called him a bust after. Now Allen has won more playoff games than Watson.

  22. Baker Mayfield is better than a lot of starting Quarterbacks in the league. He played hurt last year, dealt with OBJ (and his Daddy), had a rough year. Having said that, he is still a good starter. All this hate will go away as soon as he starts winning again. Y’all act like he’s never accomplished anything.

  23. @ joenash72 says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:54 pm
    We don’t want him in Seattle Rather use Lock and draft a rookie

    As a Broncos fan, Lock brings nothing to the table, short or long -term. He lacks mechanics, maturity and leadership. Have fun!

  24. If the Browns don’t get Watson now the chemistry is going to be terrible next season, so they’ll really have to trade Mayfield. Probably means they’ll get lowball offers since every GM will know the have no choice but to unload him.

  25. So we are just going to forget about Baker Mayfield winning 11 games and winning a playoff game and almost beating K.C. just so us fans can deal with another revolving door at the quarterback position? Healthy Baker Mayfield > Watson any day of the week and twice on Tuesday. After 30 years of supporting this team, if we regress this season due to bad QB play, I am done. This will be my last season as a Cleveland Browns fan. – So sick of fans running decent QBs out of town with family death threats. It’s sick and despicable.

  26. nagyisterrible says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    It’s hilarious how everyone said OBJ was the problem in Cleveland. Baker stinks.

    ======

    Nobody said he was “the” problem. They said he was “a” problem, and he was. Frequent distractions on and off the field, injuries, not being there when the team needed him. And then undermining the team by telling players like Von Miller to stay away. The Browns had better results without OBJ on the field than with him.

    That’s two teams in a row that he hasn’t made better with his presence. The only reason he’s not a problem with the Rams yet is that he hasn’t been there long enough. Guy finally bandwagoned his way to a Super Bowl and couldn’t even finish the game.

  27. Browns fans being “DONE” with Baker Mayfield is baffling to me. It’s like being lost in the desert, dying of dehydration and refusing a bottle of water because it’s room temperature.
    Obviously if you can get Watson you ditch Baker. Unless and until that happens how about Browns fans thank the dude for making them relevant for the first time in 3 decades?

  28. Robert Mitchell says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Mayfield blows. Why would anyone want him?

    As a fan of a team who’s current starter is Sam Ehlinger, I’d be happy to have him

  29. Baker gets a lot of undeserved hate. If we don’t get Watson I’m perfectly fine with having him at QB, there aren’t that many guys around the league I would take ahead of him.

    But being the Browns my big fear is they’re going to screw it up and end up with neither and instead end up with a bum like Garapolo.

  30. wow! Mayfield had an excellent 2020. He played hurt last year, something the team should not have let him do. He’ll be fine if he’s healthy, hopefully playing for the Browns. The Texans are high on Davis Mills, as they should be. Zero to do with how they regard Mayfield.

  31. smarterthanmost says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:55 pm OBJ leaving divided the locker room.

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    OBJ being there in the first place is what divided the locker room.

  32. cs-lewis says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    who by the way only had one good year and hasnt wont a playoff game

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    Only one good year? What’s your definition of a good year. Mayfield will never have a good of year as the worst year Watson’s had in his career.

    As for never winning a playoff game, you’re wrong. Watson has won more playoff games in his career that Matthew Stafford did in his Lions career.

  33. Seattle? Detroit? Indy? Whichever of Carolina/New Orleans doesnt get Watson? Not a lot of seats left

  34. I used to feel bad for Browns fans. But if you’re hoping your team gets Watson, you have deserved everything the Factory of Sadness has manufactured.

  35. That video of OBJ not getting the ball over and over and over while being wide tf open says all you need to say about Baker

  36. The Browns are so dumb. As a Ravens fan, I hope they trade him and he lights it up elsewhere while they rotate through 8 more starters the next 4 seasons. He throws a lot of picks but their play calling sucks and the guy plays with more heart than 90% of the league — that’s not something you can coach into somebody else. The right QB coach and Baker can easily be a top 10 QB at least.

  37. One good yr in the playoffs does not guarantee a good QB, Browns fans. Do you really believe you can hang your hat on THAT? Do you really believe that other teams care what Baker did 2 yrs ago? The Browns blatantly brought Watson in, and a 4-13 team doesn’t even want him in the trade. He’s a barely 6’0 QB w/ an average arm and doesn’t deal well w/ the media. What team wants that?

  38. If Baker was half as good as he thinks he is Cleveland wouldn’t be looking for a new QB, but he isn’t. He’s an arrogant little runt who no one is going to want…another Diva. And the Browns are such a dysfunctional organization no GOOD QB is going to want to play for them. I feel sorry for Winovich having to play there, and I was upset and PO’d to see the Pats sent him there. That sucks.

  39. nsideindy says:
    March 15, 2022 at 11:24 pm
    Robert Mitchell says:
    March 15, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Mayfield blows. Why would anyone want him?

    As a fan of a team who’s current starter is Sam Ehlinger, I’d be happy to have him

    Also a Colts fan for almost 40 years I’ll say if the Colts mortgage draft capitol for Baker freakin Mayfield I’m absolutely done with them! Mayfield is trash!

  40. Its about time Baker gets whats coming to him. Teach him to plant that flag at Ohio State at midfield.

  41. The issues isn’t that Mayfield is bad, he absolutely is not and would be an upgrade for over half the teams in the league. The issue is with one more year left in his contract and with the absolute lacking of decent starters in the league Baker in free agency is going to get paid and Cleveland would rather get something for him than either overpay to keep him or let him walk and get nothing in return.

    This is the kind of thinking that exists when your GM comes from Harvard. Cleveland doesn’t want to be the Colts.

  42. courbettheman says:
    March 16, 2022 at 12:03 am
    wow! Mayfield had an excellent 2020. He played hurt last year, something the team should not have let him do. He’ll be fine if he’s healthy, hopefully playing for the Browns. The Texans are high on Davis Mills, as they should be. Zero to do with how they regard Mayfield.
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    I’m a Browns fan, and I don’t get it. Cleveland fans are so jaded from the awful ownership we’ve had since ’99, I don’t think most even know what they want. I want to keep Baker. So many people trash him, but 2020 showed what he’s capable of. The team should’ve shut him down 3-4 weeks into last season. It was stupid that they had him play the entire season.

  43. Baker > watson, defintely! what has watson really done, and he had arguable 1 of the best wr in hopkins and couldnt get him the ball. garbage time stats, questionable character at the least, diva mentality and wants to be a decision maker when barely wet behind the ears. Both have 1 playoff win, but 1 has 20+ issues hanging over his head, math is simple.

  44. The legal issues aside, if your QB isn’t named Brady, Rodgers, Allen, Mahomes, Jackson, Wilson (I might have overlooked someone but you get the idea), then you go after Watson. He’s LJ with a much better arm. He is a super talent who will elevate any team he is on. He’s simply better than Baker and just about everyone else not named above.

  45. really, elevates any team, how has he elevated the texans? he dragged then down in more ways then 1, maybe 22 ways. you cant say a guy elevates a team after he signs a huge contract then wants to be a decision maker and when things dont go his way he quits. also, dont put allen, mahomes, jackson, and wilson in the same category as brady and rodgers. all but wilson are too young to judge and wilson has always been over hyped.

  46. Progressive on line 1 – “we have millions invested in the guy, we’ll chip in for his salary”. Browns are so crazy. They finally have average to competent QB who leads them to a playoff win and close to another. He gets hurt the next season and should have sat but because the TEAM chose not to extend him, Baker tried to play hurt in a contract year, and now they aren’t willing to commit. Back to 5-12 next year with some rookie.

  47. chue says:
    March 15, 2022 at 9:40 pm
    Baker Mayfield is better than a lot of starting Quarterbacks in the league. He played hurt last year, dealt with OBJ (and his Daddy), had a rough year. Having said that, he is still a good starter. All this hate will go away as soon as he starts winning again. Y’all act like he’s never accomplished anything.

    —-

    What has he accomplished?

  48. The legal issues aside, if your QB isn’t named Brady, Rodgers, Allen, Mahomes, Jackson, Wilson (I might have overlooked someone but you get the idea), then you go after Watson. He’s LJ with a much better arm. He is a super talent who will elevate any team he is on. He’s simply better than Baker and just about everyone else not named above.

    It’s laughable to put Lamar Jackson on this list. He is a terrible qb.

  49. Mayfield had a terrible season last year. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities for him to get on a team with a stacked roster like the Colts and lead them to the playoffs and be Comeback Player of the Year. You don’t go from being on the brink of contending for a championship to total trash in one season. Look at Jared Goff! Oh, wait, don’t look at Jared Goff.

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