The Cleveland Browns have a plan at quarterback and only they know what it truly is in regard to the quarterback position.
With Baker Mayfield waiting behind him the assumption is that 2019 will be the top pick’s opportunity to start. 2018 is viewed as a learning season as he adapts to becoming a quarterback and learning the ropes on how to be a pro at that position in the NFL.
Cleveland will make great strides unlike past seasons this fall. While Taylor’s job is viewed as just temporarily, what if he plays in a way that prolongs the Browns’ QB plans?
I am not expecting nor am I thinking the following scenario is likely to occur but what if Taylor takes Cleveland from a winless season to double-digit wins? Furthermore, what if the Browns are 10-6 and just misses the playoffs? Well, first off it would be great to see so many wins by a Browns team in a single season. Just missing the playoffs would sting too but playoffs are not the expectation in 2018.
Assuming Taylor plays at such an impressive level where the team wins that many games could reconsider the Mayfield era. While I do want to see Mayfield start, I don’t want it to happen in 2018 but 2019 is a different story.
Mayfield has looked the part but just because that is the case (against mainly backups and players now seeking a job) does not mean he should start in the regular season. As tempting and beneficial it would be to have Mayfield start next season, what if the Browns wanted Taylor, who according to Spotrac will make $16 million in the final year of his deal this season, back?
Should that happen, Taylor makes the rookie sit and learn for another season. That is both a good and bad situation. In today’s NFL, sitting just one year is all most teams can afford. Then again, Cleveland could still bring back Taylor at a reduced amount if he is okay with being Mayfield’s backup.
Plenty will play out in what is hyped up to be a very promising Browns season in the meantime. With that in mind, having brought in the options they did at quarterback, this hypothetical situation had to have been thought about this past offseason at the very least. The Browns should have already discussed it. For everyone else, it is just something to consider later on at the end of the season assuming success breaks Cleveland’s way in the coming months.