The Browns reportedly were considering trading for the Oakland Raiders quarterback, and the move would have been a big win for Cleveland. The downside is that it’s reported that they’re also interested in Baker Mayfield with the No. 4 overall pick before he declared as an eligible rookie free agent at midnight ET on Tuesday night—a very different story than what we initially heard about him being out of their reach due to his contract (he has two years left).
The “derek carr browns trade” is a rumor that has been making the rounds in recent weeks. The Browns have reportedly expressed interest in trading for Derek Carr, which would mean Baker Mayfield would be released from the team.
This spring, the Cleveland Browns will embark on a critical offseason. Despite an enlarged structure, they failed to make the playoffs last season, and all eyes are on the front office to fix matters sooner rather than later.
Several important position groupings for the Browns need to be improved (wide receiver, for example). The quarterback position, though, is at the core of their problems. Baker Mayfield has been a reliable thrower for the most of his Cleveland career, but he has yet to mature into a top-tier, great quarterback.
With quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson, and others in the AFC, the pressure on Cleveland to find a franchise quarterback is great.
Derek Carr is allegedly being pursued by the Browns.
The Browns have made it clear that they believe in Mayfield. The No. 1 overall selection in 2018 is coming off a disappointing 2021 season. For the most of the year, he was also suffering with a lingering shoulder issue. Cleveland is hoping that a fully recovered Mayfield can return to the form that helped the Browns to the AFC Divisional Round in 2020.
With that in mind, the Browns aren’t ruling out the possibility of releasing Mayfield this summer. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns’ executive management has been keeping an eye on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
Sources tell cleveland.com that now that Carson Wentz has been traded to the Commanders, the Colts might make a significant push for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who the Browns have had on their radar at points this summer.
Despite fully anticipating Baker Mayfield to start in 2022, the Browns have conducted due research on a number of experienced quarterbacks.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot
Baker Mayfield’s genuine emotions have just been disclosed by the Browns.
Joe Sargent/Getty Images/Baker Mayfield
The chances of a Carr-to-Cleveland deal happening this summer seem to be limited. The Raiders have indicated that they want to retain veteran quarterback Derek Carr in Las Vegas in 2022. Teams usually don’t trade franchise players to other teams in the same conference (see Seattle trading Wilson to Denver).
The Browns, on the other hand, aren’t completely convinced on Mayfield, according to this story. In fact, it’s reasonable to think they’re leaning toward replacing him entirely in the near future.
Smart front offices maintain a close eye on the trade industry and do thorough research. Teams like Kansas City and Buffalo, on the other hand, don’t seem to be checking in on Carr’s availability. Their current starting quarterback is a good fit for them. The Browns, on the other hand, are not.
Baker Mayfield is expected to remain with Cleveland in 2022.
Baker Mayfield | Getty Images/Stacy Revere
Mayfield is in the last year of his rookie deal (he has a fifth-year option), and all indications are that the Browns will keep him for the foreseeable future. Mayfield being replaced by Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t significantly help the Browns’ Super Bowl chances.
That doesn’t mean the Browns will hurry into giving Mayfield a new deal. Cleveland’s front staff seems to recognize that an improvement at quarterback is required if the Browns are to compete with the rest of the AFC, implying that Mayfield’s Browns tenure will expire after 2022.
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