Baker Mayfield says Seahawks ‘most likely option’ for him in 2022
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks might still be trying to obtain Baker Mayfield from the Browns. And Mayfield seems to think Seattle is a very real option for him.
On an episode of the YNK Podcast that came out on Wednesday, Mayfield spoke about a lot of things but most important to 12s everywhere, Mayfield said that the Seahawks are the “most likely option” for him in 2022.
Of course, this is a player talking about what he thinks might be a potential plan. The podcast notes say the episode was recorded “a few weeks ago.” It might say a lot that weeks have gone by and Mayfield is still in Cleveland and not Seattle. The player doesn’t make the decision where he goes but in this case, Mayfield could make things more difficult for Cleveland on where he ends up.
Still, there is no reason to think that Mayfield is out of the realm of possibility that he will be the Seahawks QB in 2022. He has only a year left on his deal and will make a relatively low $18.8 million for a quarterback with his starting experience in the NFL.
Baker Mayfield might still be a real option for the Seahawks in 2022
And to be honest, as 2022 is likely a rebuilding year for Seattle after trading Russell Wilson this offseason, what is the harm in adding Mayfield? If it doesn’t work out, Seattle hasn’t really lost that much as there is no way that any NFL team is going to trade high draft picks for him.
But Mayfield will likely come in extra-motivated after the way he felt he was treated with his current team, the Cleveland Browns. On the podcast, Mayfield said he felt “disrespected” by Cleveland trading for Deshaun Watson. Mayfield said he was basically lied to as the team told him they were doing one thing (likely not trading for Watson) and then did another (adding Watson).
Mayfield could come to the Seahawks proving that he is a good NFL quarterback and knowing he might have one season in which to show that. He isn’t Wilson but Mayfield can lead Seattle to victories and would probably give Seattle a better chance at making the postseason in 2022 than Drew Lock.
Of course, the biggest obstacle in adding Mayfield for Seattle is what to give Cleveland in return while also hoping the Browns pick up some of Mayfield’s contract. If the Browns would accept a fourth-round choice for Mayfield then Seattle should make the deal.