Baker Mayfield’s tenure with the Cleveland Browns has been a roller coaster ride. Unfortunately, it could be coming to an end sooner rather than later. The front office traded for Deshaun Watson, sealing Mayfield’s fate with the franchise.
Mayfield and his camp requested general manager Andrew Berry and the Browns front office to seek a trade partner for him. Cleveland previously denied his request, but it would make sense for the team to try to maximize his value on the trade market. There has already been plenty of quarterback movement this offseason, so the pickings are now slim.
Which team would trade for the 2018 No. 1 overall pick? Shannon Sharpe says not many.
Shannon Sharpe argues no NFL team wants Baker Mayfield
Shannon Sharpe once saw the potential in Baker Mayfield. Now, he’s on the opposite side of the coin. The Hall of Fame tight end and Fox Sports analyst was highly critical of the Cleveland Browns signal-caller throughout the 2021 NFL season. He’s not letting up, either.
In a recent episode of UNDISPUTED with Skip and Shannon, Sharpe weighed in on Mayfield’s future for 2022 and beyond.
“I think it’s more likely that he goes into the season as a backup quarterback,” Sharpe said. “Maybe somebody performs badly, he gets in, or somebody gets dinged and he takes over the starting job. Right now, I don’t see a landing spot. I’ve been racking my brain trying to find a landing spot where he can come in and be the incumbent starter.”
Sharpe took a shot a Skip Bayless, who is a big supporter of Mayfield.
“If Baker is who Skip Bayless tells me he is, I need to know why aren’t teams lining up to get him? It looks to be that the Browns are going to have to pay half or three-quarters of Baker’s salary just to get him up out of there. They publicly courted somebody while they had him on the roster. A former No. 1 pick, and seemingly in five years, nobody wants him.”
Skip Bayless foolishly defends the Browns quarterback
Shannon Sharpe’s rant on Baker Mayfield appeared to ruffle Skip Bayless’ feathers on the other side of the desk. The show’s co-host proceeded to go on a diatribe of his own but in support of the Cleveland Browns quarterback.
“What position in this league do evaluators make the most mistakes year after year after year? Quarterback,” Bayless said. “You can’t win without a quarterback. All I saw this kid do, with my own two eyes as a rookie, was he had 40 big-time throws, according to Pro Football Focus. He ranked third in the NFL and only started 13 games that year.”
Bayless suggested people casually forget what the Oklahoma product has done for the Browns franchise.
“He went and won Cleveland’s first playoff game in 26 years against the arch-rival at Pittsburgh. You can’t take it away from him. All he did was throw 20 touchdown passes to three interceptions. I got a whole tape of those touchdowns, and they look slick to me. He can do it in the pocket, he can do it outside the pocket. He throws with velocity and accuracy when he’s healthy.”
Bayless continued to argue that several teams made a mistake picking other quarterbacks over Baker Mayfield in the offseason, much to Shannon Sharpe’s chagrin.
Mayfield hasn’t done enough to command significant trade value
Baker Mayfield had an up-and-down first four seasons in the NFL. He looked solid as a rookie, throwing for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions while completing 63.8% of his passes. He took a step back in year two, then bounced back in 2020, when he led the Browns to the playoffs. Unfortunately, drama, injuries, and inconsistency plagued him in 2021.
The volatility of Mayfield’s play has led people to question if he has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. Cleveland clearly believed Deshaun Watson was a significantly better option.
Other quarterback-needy teams went in different directions as well. The Indianapolis Colts (Matt Ryan), Pittsburgh Steelers (Mitch Trubisky), Atlanta Falcons (Marcus Mariota), and Washington Commanders (Carson Wentz) landed new signal-callers. That leaves very few suitors for the 26-year-old Mayfield. The Seahawks could be in the market if they don’t believe in Drew Lock, but Mayfield doesn’t exactly instill great confidence either.
Shannon Sharpe suggested if teams wanted Baker Mayfield, they wouldn’t hesitate to strike a deal. Not so surprisingly, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference