What would the Seahawks trade for Baker Mayfield?

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In a podcast interview that debuted on Wednesday, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield called Seattle the “most likely option” or his next destination. This presumes the Seahawks want him.

If they do, how will they go about getting him?

The Browns are stuck. They owe Mayfield $18.8 million for 2022, fully guaranteed. If they can’t find a trade partner, their options become keeping him on the roster for the full season (awkward) or cutting him. If they cut him, he can sign with any team for the minimum salary of $1.035 million — with the Browns picking up the balance.

The Seahawks, if they want Mayfield, know the Browns are stuck. The Seahawks can tell the Browns that Seattle will pay only $1.035 million, the Browns will pay the rest, and the Browns will have to give the Seahawks a low-round pick in order to complete the transaction.

Sure, the Browns could just cut Mayfield and let him sign with Seattle for $1.035 million. But the Browns (and the Seahawks) would then assume the risk that the Steelers would intervene.

Yes, the Steelers. Mayfield surely would relish the opportunity to stick it to the Browns by playing for a bitter rival. He would be better than Mitchell Trubisky or Mason Rudolph, and coach Mike Tomlin quite possibly would be able to nudge Mayfield into becoming the best version of himself that he can be.

Look at what Tomlin has done with players like Antonio Brown. For years, Tomlin kept Brown’s unique personality in check. Ditto for Ben Roethlisberger, whose transformation from heel to hero happened on Tomlin’s watch.

It makes too much sense for the team and for the player. Which is why the Browns need to come up with a solution that results in Mayfield landing in another division in a different conference. That’s where the Seahawks can squeeze Cleveland, holding out for a deal that is aimed not at getting value for Mayfield but at ensuring the Browns won’t have to deal with him in the AFC North, in 2022 or beyond.

Back to Seattle. The other benefit to blinking is that the Seahawks would get Mayfield now. He’d be part of the offseason program. He’d be fully prepared to play, and to play well, in 2022. But what would blinking consist of? How much would the Seahawks surrender now for a player that they may be able to get later, if patient?

Regardless of when the deal gets done, it won’t be easy for the Seahawks and Browns to find a middle ground. Especially if the Seahawks are the only team that wants to trade for Mayfield, and to which Mayfield wants to be traded.

Whatever happens, the Browns won’t be getting a huge return for Mayfield. They’ve already replaced him. They’ve moved on. He’s moving on. And the deal the Browns will do in order to engineer that next move won’t nearly be what it would have been if, for example, the Browns were trying to do it a year ago.

73 responses to “What would the Seahawks trade for Baker Mayfield?

  1. Seattle gives up 5th rounder [basically worthless anyway] and browns pay $12M of $18M.

  2. Mayfield is damaged goods and any deal with be a classic “distress sale.” But Seattle makes sense.

  3. Why would the Browns be afraid to face him when they are kicking him to the curb?! Garrett is already licking his chops lol

  4. “I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me…” Baker Mayfield in Freddy Mercury impersonation

  5. Why trade anything? The Browns have zero leverage. What are they gonna do, pay him and watch him sit on the bench and walk next year anyway? That’s a pretty serious bargaining chip, LOL!

    Browns. You have the worst owners in the league.

  6. This narrative keeps getting pushed here with no evidence. The following assumptions seem to be taken for granted that we just don’t know are true:

    1. Pittsburgh wants Mayfield
    2. Mayfield wants to play for Pittsburgh
    3. Cleveland doesn’t want Mayfield playing for Pittsburgh
    4. Mayfield is better than Trubisky
    5. Cleveland will cut Mayfield even though it would only save them $1 million

  7. Are we sure Mayfield beats out Trubisky? I am sure we can look at stats and say it is crazy to think otherwise but as far as raw talent I would take Bisky. He was thrusted into NFL action without hardly any college experience by a franchise that has no idea how to develop QBs (sorry Fields, its true). Bisky has the better build, more athletic and the bigger arm. I like Mayfield and if you are filming a commericial he is your guy but never liked him to be more than a back up.

  8. Nothing. The Seahawks don’t need Mayfield in their current plans. They especially don’t need to give up any capital to acquire him. If anything, the Browns should have to give the Seahawks some draft picks in order to take on the fully guaranteed contract of Mayfield, similar to 2017 where the Browns received a 2nd and 6th round pick for taking on Brock Osweiler’s contract from the Texans.

  9. Poor Baker. Poor? He will have enough money to live his dream for the rest of his life right now if he wants to. We should all be so fortunate. Go into acting, Baker. you seem to be a natural at that. No more getting beat up by the big guys trying to destroy you on the field…

  10. Baker Reagan Mayfield: 60 g, 29-30, 1185/1924, 61.6%, 14125yd, 92TD, 56INT, QBR 87.8

    Mitch Trubisky: 57 g, 29-21, 1016/1585, 64.1%, 10652yd, 64TD, 38INT, QBR 87.0

    I’m not certain Mayfield is de facto better than Mitch.

  11. Except for the fact that the little boy in the corner has NO control over his destination at this point and if he continues to speak first and think second, he could be in violation of his current contract, thus voiding all guaranteed money from the team that currently has his contractual rights.

  12. Why would the Seahawks have to surrender anything now in the scenario you proposed? They pay $1M and get a low round pick from the Browns. They surely wouldn’t trade a pick for him and they don’t need to, given the situation the Browns put themselves in as usual.

  13. A ham sandwich?

    If I had to pay Baker 18M he would be on my sidelines acting professionally as a backup. Andrew Berry doesn’t strike me as someone who would see otherwise, unless a non div rival would take on 80% of his pay. Sure Baker could cause a scene and act unprofessionally but that would only be to his detriment, not Cleveland’s. That’s smart business. I do not prescribe to the notion of “cancers in the locker room”. Baker lost the locker room long ago and anyone jumping on that bandwagon will be quickly shown the door.

  14. Nothing. no team will offer anything to take on the 18 million guaranteed. And, again, the Steelers do not want him. They’ve seen him play.

  15. Cleveland having to pay Baker to beat them twice a year. This a new level of Browns I didn’t think possible to achieve.

  16. It’s amazing how many national commercial endorsements Baker has done, and since he hasn’t really won anything, it’s amazing how many commercial endorsement offers he receives. Perhaps Baker took his eye off of what’s really important in becoming an elite NFL QB

  17. Seattle can really take advantage of a trade since the Browns would rather not play Mayfield twice a year. Seattle does not have to sign Baker to a long term deal right away and still may draft a QB in a later round. It would be funny if Baker Mayfield is a Seahawk in 2023 since both Cleveland and Pittsburgh will play the Seahawks in Seattle.

  18. NOTHING…please. There are better QBs in this year’s draft that they can get with ONE draft pick. Why throw away multiple picks for a QB who isn’t any better AND will cost more money?? Take a chance on Corral. If anything use an extra pick to trade up to get him. I’d rather do that than give them up for Mayfield.

  19. The Seahawks agree to pay full freight for a year on Mayfield’s contract ($18.8MM) and in return they get the browns 3rd round pick. Essentially buying a 3rd round pick for a little less than $20MM. Then Seattle can trade up and get a QB this year to learn behind Mayfield (none of the QBs coming out this year are ready to start day 1). This is a pretty good solution for both teams, Cleveland gets rid of a distraction and what will surely become a locker room issue while gaining cap/financial relief – Seahawks get draft capital, a place holder in Mayfield and time for a young QB to develop while watching how not to play the QB position in the pros.

  20. Given Carroll/Schneider track record of bad decisions recently they’ll probably trade a couple first round picks they received for Wilson to get Mayfield.
    Must be great being a Seahawks fan!!

  21. Maybe the Brownies are waiting to see what happens with the sexual assault charges against their Six Million Dollar Man. I would think no matter how his situation works out, the NFL is surely obligated to uphold the Shield and suspend him for at least eight or nine games.

  22. The Browns painted themselves into this corner by picking up Mayfield’s 5th year option last season. Obviously they couldn’t have seen the Watson situation playing out like it did. Now they are on the hook for 19 million which they most certainly want to get rid of as well as removing Mayfield’s feelings about the team from the locker room. No way are they going to be able to hang onto him and play him in the event of a Watson suspension. The Browns hold no leverage. You’re right, they are going to have to either offer a pick to have a team take Mayfield off their hands or offer to pay a portion of his contract or maybe even both. I mean I suppose they could hang onto him into the summer in the event a qb needy team becomes available but that is a risk. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him dealt on draft night.

  23. Why do other players get to influence their location and Baker doesn’t. No trade clause or not, he tells a team that wants to trade for him that he doesn’t want to be there, they won’t want him at any price.

  24. Once upon a time, Bill Belichick traded Drew Bledsoe – a MUCH better QB than Baker Mayfield – within the AFC East to Buffalo. If the Browns really think Mayfield is so bad that they would move on from him, then they should not be scared that he would end up in Pittsburg.

  25. It’s a weird situation. Watson’s bizarre outlier contract (which is unbelievably stupid) is the headline, but the QB musical chairs for Mayfield are also strange. If this happened in the offseason right after he almost beat the Chiefs in the divisional round, there would be teams lining up. But after this down year, and with the injury, and with so many teams having sort-of-maybe QB situations, it leaves everything in a murky state where all the plausible teams are just set enough to get by and probably don’t want to spend a lot for an uncertain quantity.

    So now we’re in a situation where a guy with 22 pending civil suits who quit on his team right after being given a huge contract gets the red carpet, while a guy who has been all-in for the team and got them to the divisional round is being hung out to dry.

    As a longtime fan of the game, this kind of stuff is getting ugly and making me lose interest.

  26. I still don’t get why at least some other teams aren’t looking at him at all (WFT, Falcons, Lions) if it’s a salary dump and could get you a draft pick. He would come in motivated and at worst he pushes your starter, at worst he gets a contract next year as a backup that may get you a comp pick.

  27. Why would the Seahawks need another QB when they already have Geno Smith, Drew Lock, and Jacob Eason under contract?

  28. Seahawks should give a maximum of a sixth plus Cleveland pays 100% of his salary. He is going to be a journeyman backup that thinks he’s a franchise QB so no reason to waste $ on him. If he comes nearly free then no harm done.

  29. Seahawks don’t want his salary, at best maybe a 4th or 5th and the Browns paying Baker’s full salary, which they will do no matter what. And the longer the Browns wait they will end up getting nothing as the “other” teams go different directions. The irony is the Browns turned down Wilson for Baker’s #1 pick when Seattle tried to dump Wilson instead of agreeing to his new contract demands.

  30. He said he wanted to go to the Colts, they said “Nah.” Now he says he wants to go to the Seahawks, bet they say “Nah.” Carolina would rather go with Darnold so they lock up the first overall pick next year. If they release him and he signs with the Steelers to compete with Trubisky and Rudolph, it’d be like Shemp and Curly Joe auditioning for who takes Curly’s place in the Three Stooges.

  31. Trubisky has the same type of numbers as Mayfield with a higher win percentage. Not sure why Pittsburgh would want Mayfield except to pick his brain when they play the Browns.

  32. Mayfield is going to have a meltdown if he reads this thread. My how fast his stock has fallen. I don’t think it has hit rock bottom yet though. He needed to be humbled. He may end up in the same boat as Blake Bortles. At least he doesn’t wear out his welcome at places. Mayfield’s personality will probably prevent some team from having him as a backup.

    I hope he made enough from those commercials to live off the rest of his life. Maybe if he had spent more time working on his game–and his maturity–he wouldn’t be in the situation he’s in.

  33. Baker is much better than brock osweiler I dont care what anybody says we CAN get something decent for him. What baker needs to do is put out a couple work out videos of him ripping the ball with accuracy after his surgery..if he can do that and look good doing it I think we could be suprised what we get for him might not be no first rounder but more than what a lot of u are suggesting…just my 2 cents

  34. otisfieldme says:
    April 14, 2022 at 1:27 pm
    A ham sandwich?

    If I had to pay Baker 18M he would be on my sidelines acting professionally as a backup. Andrew Berry doesn’t strike me as someone who would see otherwise, unless a non div rival would take on 80% of his pay. Sure Baker could cause a scene and act unprofessionally but that would only be to his detriment, not Cleveland’s. That’s smart business. I do not prescribe to the notion of “cancers in the locker room”. Baker lost the locker room long ago and anyone jumping on that bandwagon will be quickly shown the door.
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    Do you understand what a fool Berry would look like if he tried to keep Mayfield around and it backfired in his face? Just because you’re paying him 19 million dollars don’t expect him to shut up and just take being a backup after you ripped the team away from him. Mayfield is just a part of the collateral damage that they chose to take on by going after Watson. They are going to take a L on this one way or another.

  35. In the words of Michael Corleone;

    “My offer is this; Nothing..”

  36. venicehawk62 says:
    April 14, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Seattle can really take advantage of a trade since the Browns would rather not play Mayfield twice a year.

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    Do we really know that the Browns would rather not play Mayfield twice a year? I’d think most teams in the NFL would rather play against Mayfield as often as possible.

  37. Seattle will pick up $3M of his salary and give up a conditional 6th rounder (could be a 4th under certain conditions) and Cleveland takes out a policy against injury with Progressive.

  38. rainer8135 says:
    April 14, 2022 at 1:47 pm
    It’s amazing how many national commercial endorsements Baker has done, and since he hasn’t really won anything, it’s amazing how many commercial endorsement offers he receives. Perhaps Baker took his eye off of what’s really important in becoming an elite NFL QB
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    I’m so tired of this take. Baker does commercials, so obviously he wasn’t focused? Do you really think he films those commercials during the season? Or that he’s missing offseason stuff for them?

    I’m sure everyone with this mindset would turn down endorsement money if they were in Mayfield’s position because of reasons.

  39. You’d think the prospect of Mayfield becoming a success with the rival Steelers would make them think twice about releasing him. But it’s the same Browns that selected Joe Haden with the 7th overall pick of the 2010 draft and after 2 pro bowl seasons cut him. Steelers picked him up and he’s had 5 good seasons with them. This inept history since the faux Browns were foisted off on Cleveland in 1999 is why it’s not even a rivalry anymore.

  40. Why can’t the Browns waive Baker. Someone might claim him problem solved. If no one claims him they could recall the waiver and set on him till the trade deadline.

  41. heymister24 says:
    April 14, 2022 at 12:58 pm
    Seattle gives up 5th rounder [basically worthless anyway] and browns pay $12M of $18M.

    – yeah, late round picks are worthless

  42. I believe the Seahawks DO want Mayfield and are afraid that they will cut him eventually, so they will make an offer to the Browns sooner rather than later. He’s infinitely better than what they now have.

  43. Everytime someone writes an article about Mayfield and the Browns they always assume the Browns are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Currently the Browns are a top 5 team in salary cap space thanks to contract restructuring and the low 1st year salary for Watson. That is WITH Mayfield’s 18 million counting against their cap. The Browns are in a position where they could just tell him stay home for a year and get paid. Then the other 31 teams can compete against each other next year for his rights. They could also tell him he is expected to report to training camp. If he tells them to p*ss off, they suspend him without pay. They don’t need to do an Osweiler trade and send someone a draftpick to take him off their hands. They incur the salary cap hit this year and he doesn’t play, eliminating the speculation of Florio he would go to the Steelers. Next year he’s a free agent and is going to sign with whomever will offer him a deal. If it’s Pittsburgh, so be it.

  44. heymister24 says:
    April 14, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Seattle gives up 5th rounder [basically worthless anyway] and browns pay $12M of $18M.
    =======================================================================================
    Since 2000:
    Tyreek Hill, WR/KR (No. 165 overall, 2016)
    Jordan Howard, RB (No. 150 overall, 2016)
    Trent Cole, DE/OLB (No. 146 overall, 2005)
    Reshad Jones, S (No. 163 overall, 2010)
    Josh Norman, CB (No. 143 overall, 143)
    George Kittle, TE (No. 146 overall, 2017)
    Kyle Williams, DT (No. 134 overall, 2006)
    Robert Mathis, DE/OLB (No. 138 overall, 2003)
    Kam Chancellor, S (No. 133 overall, 2010)
    Richard Sherman, CB (No. 154 overall, 2011)

    All were 5th rounders & stars in the NFL. Not “worthless” at all.

  45. Throwing out the name Seattle is like Mayfield saying trade me to the Colts.Neither wants him.

  46. Baker is worth a 2nd rounder. He was, after all, taken first overall and put the Browns in the playoffs…no easy task with the buffoonery running the show there

  47. rainer8135 says:
    April 14, 2022 at 1:47 pm
    It’s amazing how many national commercial endorsements Baker has done, and since he hasn’t really won anything, it’s amazing how many commercial endorsement offers he receives. Perhaps Baker took his eye off of what’s really important in becoming an elite NFL QB

    Same can be said of Prescott.

  48. I don’t think anyone will give anything. They don’t have to. The Browns signed 3 QB’s they’ll have to cut him…….they’ve given away all their leverage. So teams will just wait.

  49. The Browns will never cut him. He will get paid for doing nothing. He will hold a spot on the roster, but will never play. It cost the Browns the same amount of money if they cut him or hold him. He and his agent have to work a deal with someone if he wants to play next year.

  50. Look for a package deal on or just before draft night with Mayfield packaged with a very desirable player (Denzel Ward???), for a 1st and 3rd, or 2nd and next year’s 2nd, or something similar. To whom? I don’t know.

  51. Mayfield’s a better QB than Tannehill today. The QB needy teams are waiting for the fire sale to begin that will include a draft pick or two.

  52. Cleveland here. If the Browns had traded Baker Mayfield last year the fans would have burned his house (First Energy Stadium) to the ground. He was “our guy”. For many of us he always will be.

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