Baker Mayfield’s trade market appears to be intensifying, with one long-time NFL executive believing the Seattle Seahawks could be his landing spot
The NFL Draft is now just 10 days away, but the most sought-after quarterback might not be one of the incoming rookie passers.
Baker Mayfield, very much available since the Cleveland Browns acquired Deshaun Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans, is seeing his market intensify as the draft approaches. However, one team may be the frontrunner to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
“The Seahawks are very much in the mix for Baker [Mayfield],” an NFL personnel executive tells FanSided, on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about another team.
Seahawks are interested in trading for Bake Mayfield
According to the executive, there have been backchannel communications between several teams and the Browns regarding Mayfield as the NFL Draft approaches.
Through his first 60 games, Mayfield has averaged 3,531 yards with 23 touchdowns against 14 interceptions per season. However, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season, his market had been quiet for much of this offseason.
This upcoming season is final year of Mayfield’s contract, and he’s set to count $18.58 million against the cap in 2022, which could make Cleveland absorbing at least some of his remaining salary necessary for any trade to go down.
Seattle, though, currently has only $15.7 million in cap space this offseason but balloons to a whopping $86.5 million in spending flexibility in 2023, plenty of room for an extension for Mayfield, especially after trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason.