Baker Mayfield isn’t a terrible quarterback but he isn’t Russell Wilson. That said, few quarterbacks are. But if Seattle has another bad year in 2022, drastic changes might need to be made and getting the most for Wilson might mean getting first-round picks and maybe an impact defender. The team would still need a quarterback, however.
Mayfield is due to be a free agent in 2023 and is set to make a bit less than $19 million in 2022. He probably won’t be with the Browns after next year because Cleveland is likely going to start doing some rebuilding (the Bengals are going to surpass them for the next few seasons, the Steelers will be the Steelers and the Ravens are due to stay healthy at some point) as they aren’t likely to win their division.
This means Mayfield, unless he suddenly and unexpectedly has his first truly great season in the NFL in 2022, is going to be a free agent. He will still get paid a lot but it will be a relative lot compared to others who play quarterback. But Mayfield will still be only 28 years old when the 2023 season begins and still has a chance to be a pretty good quarterback.
Mayfield isn’t going to win a lot of games on his own but he also isn’t likely to lose a lot on his own. He can move around some and in the right system and the right coaching can be successful. Seattle won’t need him to win games on his own but Mayfield would also have DK Metcalf (who must be extended) and Tyler Lockett and will be at least a good three-year bridge to the next good Seahawks quarterback.