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Browns Baker Mayfield could be traded even if Deshaun Watson isn’t acquired

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The Cleveland Browns were scheduled to meet with Deshaun Watson on Tuesday in Houston to discuss the possibility of acquiring the starting quarterback. While his legal affairs are now focused on civil cases, several teams are reportedly interested in acquiring him. While the allegations may be a deal breaker for some fans, it seems NFL teams are much more forgiving.

The Browns had a similar meeting with Baker Mayfield’s agents at the NFL combine. During that time, they insisted they would move forward with him as their starting quarterback if no clear upgrade was forthcoming.

If Cleveland acquires Watson, Mayfield will almost certainly be traded. Our own Jeff Risdon has reported that the current Browns quarterback would not be traded to Houston:

Instead, Mayfield would be moved to another team with teams currently in Watson’s draft potentially involved, including Carolina, New Orleans and Seattle.

Mary Kay Cabot, who had the aforementioned combined report, now believes Mayfield could be traded even if Cleveland doesn’t acquire Watson:

Baker Mayfield will not return home to Texas as part of the trade offer for Deshaun Watson, but he could be traded even if the trade doesn’t go through.

It’s clear the Browns are looking to upgrade Watson and it’s happening very publicly. Whether Mayfield requests a trade or Cleveland management realizes they need to trade him now, it may be hard to recover from his dalliance with Watson.

That would call into question his decision to pursue the Texans’ quarterback with no guarantee of being able to acquire him. If Watson is traded elsewhere and Mayfield has to be traded, the Browns will be left with Case Keenum and Nick Mullens at quarterback or desperate to acquire another in trade, free agency or NFL draft.

Andrew Berry and company may be hoping Mayfield will return to the team and lead them to the playoffs in 2022, but that now seems like the least likely outcome.

Without Watson, without Mayfield with the rest of the roster able to win now could be the worst case scenario for Cleveland. If they don’t acquire Watson, they may have asked for the worst case scenario with their pursuit of a quarterback with 22 sexual misconduct charges and likely facing suspension.

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