Super Chill Mode
- Apr 17, 2005
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Snagging a falling Wilson while we have Mayfield would feel a lot like the Chiefs moving up to grab Mahomes while they still had Alex Smith...
I'm a Mayfield guy, but if you have a chance to get someone who can be an elite QB, AND you'll have him on his rookie deal, you don't let someone who's currently just okay get in the way of that.
Couple of major differences...
1. Alex Smith was going into his age 33 season when the Chiefs opted to trade up for Mahomes and he was clearly a finished product. Mayfield is only 25 and may still have more room for growth.
2. The Chiefs had already lost in the playoffs three times with Smith, never reaching the conference title game. They knew before they ever traded up to get Mahomes that they had reached their ceiling with him as their QB.
If the Browns opt to draft a QB in the first round of the 2021 draft, either with their original pick or in a trade up, that would be the end of Baker Mayfield in a Browns uniform in my opinion.
I don't see a scenario where the Browns would *want* to play Mayfield over a first round rookie because if they're pulling the trigger on a new QB in the first round it's because they don't feel Mayfield is good enough.
That said... you can't keep Baker as the backup either. It's basically locker room suicide to straight up bench a three-year starter and then try and retain him as a second stringer. Mayfield wouldn't want that and god forbid the rookie QB struggled early, you'd have a mutiny on your hands.