Baker Mayfield’s Reported Interest in the Colts Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Imagine trading a mediocre quarterback just to acquire another mediocre quarterback.

That could be what the Indianapolis Colts end up doing after parting ways with Carson Wentz last week.

Reports have linked Indy to pretty much every QB on the market this offseason. The team is just a few pieces away from Super Bowl contention, but quarterback is the most important position on the field, and the front office has been unable to find an answer since Andrew Luck’s retirement in 2019.

So, could the Colts go after a former No. 1 overall pick? It’s unclear whether the team actually has any interest in him, but a recent report linked Indianapolis to Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield

Mayfield is coming off a down season, and it looks like Cleveland is ready to move on. But a marriage between him and Indy would just be a disaster waiting to happen.

The Cleveland Browns could trade Baker Mayfield

The Browns are reportedly hoping to acquire Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. But even if they don’t trade for the three-time Pro Bowler, they could still part ways with Baker Mayfield, according to Cleveland.com.

Cleveland selected Mayfield No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He helped lead the team to its first playoff win in over two decades during the 2020 season, but the Oklahoma product struggled in 2021. Mayfield battled through a shoulder injury and only threw for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

On March 15, he appeared to tweeted some sort of goodbye to Cleveland.

“This is strictly to thank the city of Cleveland for embracing my family and me,” the statement read in part. “We have made many memories and shared growing in this process through all the ups and downs. I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process. I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God’s plan throughout this process.”

So, if the Browns do trade Mayfield, where could he go? He is reportedly interested in the Colts.

Baker is reportedly interested in a trade to the Colts

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is reportedly interested in the Colts if he gets traded.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield before a game against the New England Patriots on Nov. 14, 2021. | Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL offseason typically has rumors flying around from every direction, and this year is no different. A recent report suggested that Baker Mayfield would like to go to the Colts.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline told former ESPN anchor Trey Wingo on March 15 that Browns general manager Andrew Berry reportedly reached out to Mayfield’s camp. Berry supposedly said that Cleveland would like to send the QB to a team of his choosing, which is reportedly the Colts.

This could just be one of many rumors that never come to fruition. There have already been numerous conflicting reports about various players and teams this offseason.

But say Mayfield were to go to Indianapolis. How would that turn out?

Poorly.

Baker Mayfield on the Colts would be a disaster

The Colts want to move on from their late-season collapse with Carson Wentz, but doing so with Baker Mayfield would be a mistake.

Mayfield has never completed more than 63.8% of his passes in his career. Last season, he ranked 27th with a 60.5% completion percentage, just two spots behind Wentz, who only completed 62.4% of his passes.

Mayfield has also been turnover prone in his career and has just simply missed wide-open receivers time and time again. Odell Beckham Jr. had no touchdowns in five games with Mayfield last season. However, he caught five in eight games with Matthew Stafford on the Los Angeles Rams. 

Who cares if Indy adds more weapons this offseason if those players don’t get the ball?

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been publicly vocal about his desire for his team to improve, saying he wants the franchise to be all chips in. While Mayfield is an intense competitor who wants to win, he is a polarizing personality that would draw more attention to the team, even if he doesn’t back it up with his play.

The Colts were just one win away from making the playoffs last season. They needed to move on from Wentz, but starting Mayfield instead wouldn’t be a smart strategy. If anything, the team would take a step back with the 26-year-old. Rolling the dice on Baker would essentially just waste another year of Darius Leonard’s and Quenton Nelson’s primes.

Then, in 2022, Indy would be in the same position it is now: still looking for a quarterback.

Baker Mayfield might need a new home, and the Indianapolis Colts definitely need a new QB. Together, though, they would be a disaster.

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