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What’s next for Baker Mayfield and the Browns? | You Pod to Win the Game

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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and The Underdog Football Show’s Josh Norris discuss the Cleveland quarterback’s meltdown. What does it mean moving forward? Will Mayfield be moving on? If so, who will take over for the Browns? Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: Baker Mayfield--

JOSH NORRIS: Yeah.

CHARLES ROBINSON: --the Baker Mayfield meltdown with Cleveland that I personally have felt like this has been in the making for quite a while. I think Cleveland has been frustrated with him for quite a while. I think he's been frustrated with Cleveland for quite a while.

And even though I was told, prior to them even speaking with Deshaun Watson-- so at the combine, I was told, like, they had met with Baker's representation and said, yeah, we're moving forward with him, OK? We're committed. However, if there is an opportunity to explore a trade for an elite quarterback, we are going to reserve the right to explore that. It doesn't mean we're bailing, doesn't mean we're trading Baker, doesn't mean anything. But we're not going to sell ourselves short, and we're going to explore that.

Now, we'll see, as details continue to roll out, whether or not that's an argued point by Baker's camp or not. But I think it's irrelevant anyway. Baker said, look, I want out.

So it doesn't really matter whether they told his reps, we might look at a guy. If he wants out, he wants out. He's saying he wants out. I don't think Cleveland is inclined to trade him.

That doesn't mean, though, that teams cannot make offers, OK?

JOSH NORRIS: Yeah.

CHARLES ROBINSON: And they now know that Baker is saying, I want out. There are teams out there that need quarterbacks and probably would be foolish if-- I don't know, John Schneider and Pete Carroll, who just kind of let go of a quarterback of similar stature, maybe not, you know, comparative skill set all the way, but I saw you tweeted about this. And I agreed very much. It does feel a little bit like a John Schneider--

JOSH NORRIS: Right.

CHARLES ROBINSON: --type of acquisition.

JOSH NORRIS: Yeah, we'll get to that in a moment. They love their reclamation projects. They love players that went through adversity. If you ever listen to their post-draft press conferences, it's all they bring up. And you can go through a bunch of their--

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right.

JOSH NORRIS: --draft picks and signings. And they love a dude that's been through stuff. First, I want to just focus on Baker, maybe, at least our perception of the Browns' evaluation of him, because it's pretty clear they just don't believe in him. Like, it's that simple, right?

Like, even when healthy, when he had a, quote unquote, "good season" back in 2020-- 26 touchdowns, eight interceptions, a playoff win, which they hadn't had in a very long time, they didn't jump out of their seat to extend him, like we've seen other teams do, like we saw, you know, the Rams, the Eagles, the Chiefs, the Bills, the Texans. We can keep going on and on.

Like, as soon as these teams figured out, like, this is our guy, they lock them up long-term because they didn't want, you know, a $36 million cap hit jumping to a $50 million cap.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right.

JOSH NORRIS: Right?

CHARLES ROBINSON: Yep.

JOSH NORRIS: Now, the question is, so if you've burned this bridge with Baker Mayfield, which, I think, like you said, for a while, they've known that he is not what they want on the field--

CHARLES ROBINSON: Mm-hmm.

JOSH NORRIS: --so then what's the next play since Deshaun Watson is out of the mix here, do they believe, internally, it's a significant dropoff to someone like Marcus Mariota? Can they still win with that type? Or do they even feel potentially-- and this, I think, is a fair question to ask-- is Jimmy Garoppolo progress for them? Is that a step up for them as well?

So it's an interesting next step for them after the previous few they've just taken.