The Cleveland Browns have a decision to make on the quarterback position and Cam Newton is a new name that is envisioned as a possible solution for the team in the future.
Newton was featured along with a number of other options by The Athletic in an article describing Brown’s options for the position. The list also included Mitch Trubisky, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota – who will be free agents this off-season – as well as other all-in deals for Pro Bowl players like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.
Here’s what Zac Jackson had to say about the Browns’ quarterback situation:
Jackson claims that Plan A for the Browns should be for things to work out for Mayfield. But for that, the relationship and the game have to improve.
Newton recently landed a fresh start in Carolina – the team he won his MVP with in 2015. While the MVP shine may have waned for Newton, he’s still a capable skilled passer-by with a twofold threat. Newton made his first season opener with the Panthers last week, completing 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also got a score, laying 46 yards on the ground. Newton has had five touchdowns in the past two weeks.
Baker Mayfield has been screwed up this season and has been doing himself a disservice lately with his play or attitude, which puts much more focus on his future in the final year of his contract in 2022. While Mayfield has shown the perks of expecting a # 1 overall standings, his play has been inconsistent at best, especially given the offensive line and ongoing game the Browns have at their disposal.
Mayfield has played 2,166 yards this season to go with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Mayfield has suffered multiple injuries and has had some clashes with media and fans off the field recently. This also included failing to comply with media obligations after defeating the Lions last Sunday out of frustration.
“Among other things, I was frustrated. I never avoided questions or hid from them. That’s not what it is about. Just frustrated, emotions removed, and so on. I just decided it was best to wait, ”Mayfield told reporters on Monday. “Not part of it is not being accountable. I’d be the first to tell you I played like this [expletive]. It’s not about [accountability], and I don’t owe you any of it; I owe that to my teammates and I’ve spoken to them, that’s the most important thing. “
If the Browns are looking for a capable veteran for next season, they may not have to look far. The team has Case Keenum on their roster and he has a wealth of experience on the offensive from Kevin Stefanski.
Keenum is under contract until after the 2022 season and is one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the league.
Keenum completed 21 of 33 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos in a 17-14 win earlier this season. It was the only start of his tenure with Browns.