The Cleveland Browns took ex-Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Kyle Sloter for a trial this week and looked at their quarterback options with Baker Mayfield.
The brown ones also worked Defensive backs Ken Webster, Delrick Abrams and Luq Barcoo as well as wide receivers John Hurst and Antonio Nunn and defensive tackle Akeem Spence.
Mayfield is expected to face the Lions on Sunday but appears to have been hit hard to be in some major injury issue. The former top overall winner tackles knee and foot problems, as well as a serious shoulder injury that includes a torn labrum and fracture.
Sloter was originally an undrafted free agent in 2017 but has made a home in the NFL, albeit on multiple teams. Along with the Raiders, he has spent time with the Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals, Lions and Bears. He was last released by the Raiders on October 13th.
During his college career, Sloter played 35 games and made 13 starts between his time with Southern Mississippi (2012-14) and Northern Colorado (2015-16). He’s a solid athlete who started his career as a wide receiver and also plays running back. In 2016 he moved to a full-time quarterback. Sloter appeared in 11 games in 2016, completing 197 of 318 passes for 2,665 yards and a school record of 29 touchdown passes while also adding three points on the ground.
Mayfield initially tried to keep his shoulder injury under wraps but has since been pretty open about the numerous injuries he has struggled with. He missed the first start of his career earlier this season against the Broncos – a game the team won 17:14 on a Thursday night.
Mayfield admitted earlier in the week that this was the most freaky thing he’s had in his career.
“It’s not like it’s a specific thing; it’s diverse, ”Mayfield told reporters on Wednesday, November 17th. “It’s that time of year and things add up. Just a few things at a time. It is what it is.”
There’s an argument that the Browns could do Mayfield a favor by resting him against a winless Lions team that starts replacement quarterback Tim Boyle. But Mayfield will get the nod, with veteran Case Keenum behind him.
While Keenum is a solid backup option, the Browns have another layer of security with Nick Mullens, who previously started games for the 49ers.
Mullens started 16 games with San Francisco from 2018 to 2020 and achieved a pass rating of 87.2. He is 2-6 as a starter with 2437 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Mullens would be the second active quarterback if Mayfield missed another game to replace Keenum. Before Keenum played for the Browns, he was the starter for the Washington Redskins in the 2019-20 season. He passed for 1,707 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Keenum started 30 games in his last two seasons before ending up with the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings in Washington. In 2017, he won with Minnesota 11-3 and helped lead the team to the NFC championship game. Keenum’s best year in terms of yards was in Denver two seasons ago with 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 16 starts. Keenum has also spent time in Houston and with the Rams.