The Cleveland Browns have acquired some curiosity in Baker Mayfield, however cash continues to be a problem. In the event that they wish to commerce Mayfield, the Browns are going to need to eat a good portion of his wage. We now have an thought of how a lot.
Mayfield is owed a totally assured $18.8 million in 2022. In keeping with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, groups which have expressed curiosity in Mayfield are solely keen to pay round $5 million of that wage. They need the Browns to select up the remainder.
“Proper now, the groups I’ve talked to imagine the Browns would perhaps pay half of (the $18.8 million), or one thing round there, which is progress that the Browns are at the very least keen to be versatile right here,” Fowler stated Sunday, as transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels. “However, groups just like the Panthers or some others who’ve at the very least appeared into (it) would wish lots of that cash lined. They most likely don’t wish to pay Baker greater than $5 (million) or $6 million at this level as a result of they know they’ve all the leverage towards the Browns, who’ve their quarterback scenario all labored out.”
Fowler famous that there are methods the Browns may alter Mayfield’s contract to get some salary-cap aid, however Mayfield has no cause to do them a favor. The previous first total decide has made it clear that he did not like the best way the Browns dealt with their pursuit of Deshaun Watson. There isn’t any cause to suppose he would cooperate.
The Browns proceed to haven’t any leverage. The Carolina Panthers are stated to be excited about Mayfield and one other veteran quarterback, however there isn’t any means they’ll pay Mayfield something near $18.8 million. Cleveland basically has to purchase a draft decide. In any other case, they are going to simply need to launch Mayfield and pay him his full wage, anyway.