The NFL may close its summer hiatus with teams starting training camp in late July.
But that doesn’t mean the incessantly churning NFL rumor mill has stopped.
And Wednesday afternoon involving the Seahawks brought about another, if about a familiar topic — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
CBS Sports NFL reporter Josina Anderson tweeted Wednesday that she has been told “the Seahawks still have a high-level interest in acquiring Mayfield and that” per league source, the curtain is on him to extend the contract. open behind. ’ He further tweeted that “I am aware that the process of gathering information and insights is still ongoing at Mayfield.”
In a sense, none of what Anderson tweeted contradicts what has been known for some time.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have both said several times on record over the past few months that the Seahawks will continue to consider all options in the quarterback position. Ergo, they’re certainly continuing to gather whatever information they can about Mayfield if that becomes available.
And Seattle will undoubtedly be open to extending Mayfield because the Seahawks — or any other team — will take him the way he currently has, in addition to a contract that’s guaranteed to be $18.8 million this season.
The Seahawks aren’t going to pay that much to Mayfield for this season under any circumstances – meaning, yes, he’ll be under a different contract from Seattle than he currently has if he gets acquired.
The Seahawks currently have $16.3 million in cap space for the 2022 season, which means they may not even fit into Mayfield’s current contract, if they don’t want to, which they don’t.
That’s why nothing has happened yet with Mayfield, who became expendable when the Browns traded for Deshan Watson.
But while the tweet garnered plenty of attention, Wednesday was all indication that nothing has changed with Seattle’s stance about Mayfield.
And that is, the Seahawks would be interested in Mayfield if he is released, or possibly for much less in the case of a draft pick as the Browns were to take on a significant portion of Mayfield’s contract.
But it is believed that for now, teams interested in Mayfield continue to wait with the idea that the Browns will eventually leave.
Reports in April said that the Browns and the Carolina Panthers had had serious trade talks about Mayfield, but not when the Browns would agree to pay Mayfield as much as the Panthers wanted.
There is also some thought about the Browns Mayfield playing hardball with the teams while Watten’s status for the 2022 season remains unknown. The NFL is continuing to investigate the sexual assault and assault allegations leveled against Watson and it has been reported that the league may announce a significant suspension ahead of training camp.
The Browns signed veteran free agent Jacobi Brissette in the spring as a backup for Watson and a potential defense against suspension. But if Watson were to be suspended for a significant period, reports indicate the Browns could try to mend the fence with Mayfield and play him in 2022.
Anderson noted the uncertainty of Cleveland’s situation with Watson, writing in a tweet posted half an hour after his initial one about Mayfield and the Seahawks, “We all look forward to learning when we hear from the league on the announcements.” Looking forward, naturally Baker Mayfield’s situation with the Browns, the intentions of the season and his wishes will grow more in focus.”
In other words, until an announcement is made about Watson, things could stall with Mayfield unless the Browns get the kind of offer they want from another team.
For now, Geno Smith, Drew Locke and Jacob Eason have three quarterbacks on Seattle’s roster. In fact, Seattle’s QB contest is a two-man battle between Smith — the backup for Russell Wilson over the past three years — and Locke, who was acquired in the trade that sent Wilson to Denver.
Carroll has consistently stated throughout the offseason program that Smith topped the depth charts because of his experience, but that a decision on who would be the starter would not be made until deep into training camp and preseason. go.
Seattle has two open positions on its 90-man roster after waiving offensive lineman Pierre-Olivier Lestage on Wednesday, and could easily add another QB.
Carroll even said at league meetings in March that he expects Seattle to have four quarterbacks on its roster in 2022.
Could that be Mayfield? For now, it appears the answer to that question remains the same – if he’s released, or Brown wants to take most/all of his salary, Seattle might be interested.
For now, however, that question has yet to be answered.