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Possible trade destinations for Baker Mayfield

Here’s where the quarterback could end up if he leaves Cleveland.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns looks on during warm-ups before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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March 21 update — Another domino has fallen in the 2022 NFL quarterback market, as Matt Ryan has been traded to the Colts. Mayfield had let it be known that he wanted to go to the Colts, but now that dream is dead. But, the Panthers now have some interest, per Evan Massey. This comes after the Seahawks have also shown some interest, per Josina Anderson. Jimmy Garoppolo and Marcus Mariota along with Mayfield likely have the most interest of the teams in need of a QB.

The Cleveland Browns seem to have given quarterback Baker Mayfield a vote of confidence for the 2022 season, although the player himself is a little less sure of his fit with the franchise. Mayfield posted a note on Twitter with uncertainty about his future, and that has fueled speculation about a possible move.

It’s hard to see the Browns trading Mayfield, especially after they acquired Amari Cooper in an effort to give the quarterback weapons to succeed. Nevertheless, Mayfield might decide he needs a new situation. Here are some potential destinations for the quarterback.

New York Giants

The Giants are thinking of blowing it all up, but maybe Mayfield can right the ship offensively. We’ve seen the former No. 1 overall pick have success, and the Giants have the skill group offensively to be dynamic. Daniel Jones is clearly not the answer at the position, so the Giants are going to have to address it at some point. It’s better for them to take a chance on Mayfield, who has shown he can be a solid quarterback, instead of banking on Jones to be decent.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have two awesome receivers in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but Drew Lock has been quite erratic over his career. Lock has the upside but Mayfield is a more proven commodity at this point. Seattle needs to shore up the offensive line but there’s a chance Mayfield does some serious damage with this duo beside him. The Seahawks are reportedly content with testing Lock out, so this is an unlikely landing spot.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts might be willing to roll with Sam Ehlinger and James Morgan at quarterback, but this roster was built to be able to compete immediately. Indianapolis has a great running game, strong offensive line and capable defense. It’s possible Mayfield can reach the heights of his rookie season in this system. He’s had success in a similar setup in Cleveland, but the Colts seem to have a better structure in place organizationally.

Pittsburgh Steelers

This one is out there, considering the Steelers just signed Mitch Trubisky. The former Bills backup has never been in a real quarterback competition, so why not give him one? Mayfield gets the added benefit of playing the Browns twice a year and Pittsburgh’s offensive setup is solid with Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. This is a good fit, but is tough to see because of Pittsburgh’s move for Trubisky.