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Trade Proposal Mailed Browns Baker Mayfield to NFC Super Bowl Contender

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The Cleveland Browns may have more opportunities to move unwanted quarterback Baker Mayfield if they’re willing to drop the price and buy him in as a backup for teams looking ahead.

The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have been the unaffordable favorites to maneuver a trade for Mayfield for months. ESPN’s Dan Graziano, however, suggested in an article published Friday, June 10, that teams geared up for quarterback for next season, but not beyond, could make sense as landing spots.

Graziano brought up the idea with the Minnesota Vikings in mind, adding that the possibility could extend to several other franchises, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“[The Vikings are] Set this season with Kirk cousins but was able to withdraw from him after the year. This is an example of a location where Mayfield or [Jimmy] Garoppolo wouldn’t start straight away but could position himself as the team’s starter in 2023 by the way [Jameis] Winston did with that [New Orleans] Saints in 2020,” Graziano said. “That could be possible elsewhere, even with the Buccaneers, [Philadelphia] Eagle, [Arizona] cardinals, [Tennessee] Titans & [Las Vegas] Robber.”

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While the Raiders make little sense after just signing Derek Carr to a long-term contract, and the Cardinals will likely be in a similar situation with Kyler Murray soon, the Eagles and the Titans both fit the list of franchises that might be looking around to improve / continue their current situation under Mitte.

However, the Bucs have the strongest case in this regard, considering Tom Brady retired a month earlier this offseason, was reportedly interested in joining the Miami Dolphins for the upcoming season, and is in Tampa Bay only has one more year under contract.

Mayfield to the Bucs isn’t an entirely new idea either. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also suggested the move nearly two months ago in the May 14 issue.Rich Iron Show.”

“Tampa would be a great place,” Rapoport said of potential trade targets for Mayfield. “That would be an interesting place and not crazy and would probably make sense.”

Brady’s current backups with the Bucs are Blaine Gabbert, who Tampa wanted to start in 2022 if Brady would have stayed in retirement or gone to Miami, and third-row QB Kyle Trask. Mayfield would be a significant step forward given his four-year starting experience and the 2020 playoff win he has on his resume over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns remain adamant that they will not pay the lion’s share of Mayfield’s salary next season only to have the remainder of his nearly $19 million guaranteed contract kicked out. The team also knows that Mayfield is a worst-case scenario, low-end, starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL and has said it will wait until a trade offer is made with a return that matches that perceived value.

In reality, however, the Browns lost much of their clout in Mayfield trade talks when they hung him out to dry by trading for Deshaun Watson and guaranteeing him $230 million over the next five seasons. Competing franchises know that there is no room left for Mayfield in Cleveland and that any of his salaries the Browns are able to rank among the same savings for them in a practical, if not literal, sense.

The Browns stand a better chance of getting a mid-round draft pick for Mayfield if they’re willing to eat a good chunk of his salary. The Carolina Panthers asked Cleveland to provide $13-$14 million for talks that took place during the NFL draft, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Jonathan Alexander, an offer the Browns turned down.

The Bucs have about $10.5 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap, and could justify spending a little more on a backup than some other teams given the circumstances surrounding the 44-year-old’s seemingly weak tenure Surround Brady in Tampa.

If the Bucs are willing to offer the Browns something like a third-round draft pick, and in return Cleveland is willing to take an amount of Mayfield’s salary that will allow the Bucs to absorb the rest of it while staying below the cap , such a deal could theoretically be completed. Additionally, it may make more sense than any other Mayfield proposal the Browns have encountered so far this offseason.

Either way, the Mayfield-to-Tampa trade would allow the Browns to close the book on a rocky chapter in their franchise’s history, which would be a welcome outcome for all involved.

The Bucs have about $10.5 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap, and could justify spending a little more on a backup than some other teams given the circumstances surrounding the 44-year-old’s seemingly weak tenure Surround Brady in Tampa.



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