Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Baker Mayfield era with the Cleveland Browns ended badly. Mayfield played just about all of 2021 hurt, and the team opted to move on from him in 2022, bringing in the controversial and maligned Deshaun Watson. Watson was suspended for a good chunk of the year, so the real replacement for Mayfield was Jacoby Brissett.
While not as big of a hurler as Mayfield, Brissett mimicked a lot of Mayfield’s successes in 2020 during Brissett’s 2022 campaign. Mayfield would not be as fortunate, bouncing around from Cleveland to the Carolina Panthers to the Los Angeles Rams and having mixed results across the year.
A poor system cost him a lot in Carolina, but Mayfield saw some success in Los Angeles. Despite there being rumors about the Rams wanting to retain Mayfield, that idea ended on Wednesday when it was revealed that Mayfield would be going to the Buccaneers on a one-year deal. The contract is reportedly worth up to $8.5 million.
Mayfield is heading to a good situation, with a team that has a lot of strong, solid receivers. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are arguably the best one-two combo in the league and should give Mayfield the best set of weapons he’s ever had.
If Mayfield can’t find success in Tampa Bay, he may not get another shot to start.
Baker Mayfield isn’t the only former Cleveland Browns quarterback on the move
*Update* – Brissett has signed with the Commanders on a one-year deal, worth up to $10 million.
Mayfield isn’t the only ex-Browns quarterback on the move, as Case Keenum is going to the Houston Texans in an apparent move that could see him become the spot starter to whomever they draft at quarterback. The Texans are sitting at No. 2 in the draft behind the Carolina Panthers, who traded with the Chicago Bears to move up.
The prize is QBs this year are Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young, and the Texans may draft one of them No. 2 overall. Whether they do or not, there’s a good chance that Keenum starts a few games for the Texans in the meantime.
Another ex-Browns Qb, Brissett, isn’t signed with anyone as of yet, but the Philadelphia Eagles have interest according to numerous reports. It seems unlikely that a team will sign him to start and if that’s the case, the Browns should absolutely bring him back into the fold.