With Baker Mayfield on his way out of Cleveland, Bengals QB Joe Burrow gave his take on the soon-to-be former Browns quarterback.
Mayfield was plenty competent as a starting quarterback, but after an injury-plagued season in which the Browns missed the playoffs, they opted to upgrade at the position. Cleveland made a big splash in trading for former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
At Watson’s best, he’s a Pro Bowl-caliber QB. However, he could be facing a suspension from the NFL due to the 22 civil cases against him for sexual assault and harassment.
This leaves the Browns in a predicament. They already signed Jacoby Brissett, essentially as a hint to Mayfield that he is no longer in their plans. Cleveland shopped Baker before the NFL Draft to no avail, as any interested teams assume the Browns will have to part ways with their former No. 1 overall pick, eating the money in the process.
Joe Burrow gives take on Baker Mayfield-Browns drama
Mayfield felt betrayed by the franchise that drafted him, and it’s clear the some of the whispers from within the locker room about being unsatisfied with the QB play went to the very top.
While Burrow didn’t necessarily comment on the drama between the two sides, he did back up Mayfield’s ability as a signal-caller, stating that he believes the Oklahoma product will “land on his feet” given his experience playing against Baker.
Mayfield was favored to land with the Seahawks, but Pete Carroll has since said they’re satisfied with their current quarterback room, led by Drew Lock and Geno Smith. The Panthers could also be interested.