The Seattle Seahawks initially seemed content with Drew Lock, whom they acquired through a trade that sent Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. But fresh reports suggest that the Seahawks may still be open to bringing Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, to Seattle.
Baker Mayfield is a former No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns out of Oklahoma. He came into the league in 2018 and led the Browns to a playoff berth in 2020 as well as a playoff win. However, the Browns were eventually knocked out in the divisional round against the Kansas City Chiefs.
After the quarterback played through much of last season injured, resulting in a 6-8 record, the Browns decided it was time for a change. Cleveland went after three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson. Watson is in a court battle himself and has 24 sexual misconduct cases against him. However, 20 of them have been settled already.
The four-year QB for Cleveland made it clear that his feelings were hurt when the Browns made a play for Watson. He demanded that the team trade him and stated early on he’d like to head to the Indianapolis Colts or the Seattle Seahawks. The Colts passed and orchestrated a trade for long-time Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan instead.
"I’m told the Seahawks still have a high-level of interest in acquiring QB Baker Mayfield and behind-the-scenes are open to contractually extending him, per league source. I also know that the process of collecting information and insights into Mayfield is still ongoing."
The Carolina Panthers are still a rumored landing spot for the former Oklahoma Sooner. A report from CBS Sports analyst Josina Anderson suggests the Seattle Seahawks may still be looking at the disgruntled quarterback as well.
Baker may be an upgrade on Drew Lock and the Seahawks could be realizing that now
So, what changed? Perhaps Seattle got a good look at what they were working with in minicamp and decided to give the disgruntled quarterback another look. If this is the case, the Seahawks will no doubt need the Browns to pay a good chunk of the money that is owed to Mayfield.
The other quarterback is clearly not an option for the Browns as a backup, especially after being excused from mandatory minicamp. He will have to wait and see where his NFL career continues.