Baker Mayfield is the Browns new starting quarterback, and it’s not going to last long. He was drafted out of Oklahoma with some high hopes for his career just as he enters a six-game suspension before even taking a snap in the NFL.
Pat McAfee is a retired professional football player who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. Pat has been in the media recently due to his opinion on Baker Mayfield, a quarterback on the Cleveland Browns.
Baker Mayfield isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. The (soon-to-be-former?) Cleveland Browns quarterback never seems to be short of swagger, whether it’s placing an Oklahoma flag in the center of the Ohio State O, arguing with former teammate Odell Beckham Jr., or his many social media rants.
However, when the Browns brought in struggling quarterback Deshaun Watson, thus terminating Mayfield’s career in Cleveland, sports media magnate Pat McAfee recently revealed on his program that a touch of humility could serve him well.
Baker Mayfield has been released by the Cleveland Browns.
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Baker Mayfield, the first overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft, is entering the last year of his rookie contract. Mayfield’s fifth-year option for 2022 is worth $18.8 million, but the Cleveland Browns never gave him a long-term contract like Josh Allen, another Class of 2018 quarterback, received, or Lamar Jackson is presently negotiating.
The Browns warned Mayfield’s camp last summer that they would pursue any outstanding quarterbacks who came on the market this offseason, according to several NFL sources.
This revelation prompted Mayfield to vent his frustrations on social media, where he wished Browns fans farewell. He immediately sought a trade, which Cleveland refused, and the team then swiftly traded for Deshaun Watson.
It’s possible that the club won’t have an option whether or not to retain Mayfield. NFL clubs have taken notice of Mayfield’s handling of adversity throughout his career, as Pat McAfee recently noted, and many aren’t pleased.
Pat McAfee explains why the quarterback’s demeanor is damaging his prospects of playing somewhere next season.
On his regular sports talk broadcast, the Pat McAfee Show, McAfee recently tackled the Baker Mayfield dilemma. He was trying to respond to the topic of why no club has attempted to trade for the 27-year-old since his release on April 14th.
He discussed Mayfield’s bad attitude and how it impacts NFL clubs’ perceptions of him to help address that issue. McAfee explicitly contrasted Mayfield’s approach to adversity to that of another available quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and a fellow Class of 2018 quarterback (Sam Darnold).
Despite the fact that both clubs are actively chasing new quarterbacks, the presenter stated that Darnold and Garoppolo “didn’t say s***.” McAfee went on to explain how Mayfield’s unusual behavior damages his stock:
That is why I believe the Baker Mayfield phenomenon will continue to spread across other front offices. Because, at the same time as Baker Mayfield, there are quarterbacks who are managing circumstances much better than they believe he would.
Baker Mayfield, according to Pat McAfee
While their uncertain position as starting quarterbacks, McAfee proceeded to emphasize that, despite facing comparable challenges as Mayfield, Darnold and Garoppolo have shown mental courage and leadership.
Although the former punter admitted that Garoppolo had earned far more money in the NFL than Mayfield ($139.7 million vs. $51.9 million in lifetime earnings), he maintained his initial claim.
Is there any possibility that the Cleveland quarterback will start in 2022 if opponents aren’t fond of him?
Will Baker Mayfield be the starting quarterback in 2022?
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NFL clubs can overlook virtually anything for a quarterback they believe will win them games, as the Cleveland Browns have shown. As a result, some club will most certainly take a risk on Baker Mayfield at some time in the future.
It’s possible that it won’t happen this year.
Mayfield is one of the NFL’s top 32 quarterbacks, but not in the top half. That, along with the fact that he is still under 30 years old, should give him another chance in the league.
Mayfield’s contract is being held up by a number of reasons, including Pat McAfee-like worries about his attitude.
The most serious problem is that other clubs in the NFL are aware that the Browns have little leverage.
They have Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett as backups, so there’s no space for Mayfield in 2022, particularly at almost $20 million. When questioned about the Mayfield controversy, head coach Kevin Stefanski stated, “I know all of us, we’d want an answer yesterday,” according to Yahoo! Sports.
Unfortunately for Stefanski, no clubs were interested yesterday, today, or tomorrow because any team willing to take a risk on Mayfield believes the Browns will have to release him before he becomes a major problem.
At this moment, the best assumption for Mayfield’s immediate future is that he will be released or that the Browns would accept a trade in which they will absorb the bulk of his money. While he may start a few games next season, it’s unlikely that he’ll be named the team’s undisputed No. 1.
That might happen in 2023 when he becomes a free agent, but things aren’t looking good for Mayfield this season.
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