Cleveland Browns: 4 potential QBs who could backup Baker Mayfield in 2020

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The Cleveland Browns move into an important season for Baker Mayfield, and these four players could be potential backup options in 2020.

With the the 2020 offseason being another season of change for the Cleveland Browns, there’s plenty to dissect in regards to the status of the roster.

That includes the quarterback position. No, Baker Mayfield isn’t being replace, but he is going into the most important football season of his life.

If he plays like he did during the second half of 2018, the Browns should be playoff contenders. If he toils toward the bottom of completion percentage as he did last season, well, sadly, Cleveland’s going to be looking for a quarterback when they go on the clock in 2021.

We know Mayfield the talent, and have seen his potential turn into real results. The hope is he took on too much, too soon, advocating for his buddy Freddie Kitchens to get the job a season ago. With the perception being that Mayfield had more of a friend than a coach wearing the headset, the belief is that Kevin Stefanski will get the QB’s career back trending in the right direction.

With Mayfield going into camp as QB1, there are questions about how to push the former No. 1 overall pick. He’s got his fourth head coach, and he’s going to need a top-notch quarterback room.

That’s not to bring down last year’s quarterback room. Drew Stanton has been praised for his mentorship of Mayfield. Meanwhile, Garrett Gilbert tore up the short-lived AAF and has NFL experience.

Stanton, who had connections to Freddie Kitchens from their days in Arizona, couldn’t play because of injury, but he almost certainly seems like he’ll be gone. Meanwhile, Gilbert…well, more on him later.

As the Browns contemplate 2020 free agency, these five players could be potential fits to be Baker’s backup next season.