Where Baker Mayfield will play in 2022 remains a mystery. But at least one NFL team is interested in acquiring the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported on Wednesday that the Seattle Seahawks are not only interested in bringing Mayfield on board but also extending his contract.

This drew a mixed reaction from the NFL world.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times added that he believes the Seahawks are interested but not at his current price of more than $18.5 million. So, more likely than not, the interest would be in signing Mayfield if he’s released rather than trading for him. That notion lines up with past reports.

There are multiple moving parts here. A big one, as Condotta noted, is Mayfield’s price tag. Another is a looming and likely lengthy suspension for Cleveland’s new quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

Both head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Shane Waldron have been upbeat about Seattle’s looming quarterback battle between Drew Lock and Geno Smith. Carroll and Waldron both gave an early edge to Smith.

Mayfield has certainly had a bumpy career since being taken No. 1 overall in the 2018 draft. In 2021, Mayfield missed three games and was often hurt when he played. During those 14 games, he completed 60.5% of his passes for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 83.1 passer rating. In 2020, Mayfield started all 16 games for the Browns, completing 62.8% of his passes for 3,563 yards with 26 touchdowns, eight picks and a 95.9 passer rating.

If he can rediscover his 2020 form, Mayfield is a clear improvement over both Lock and Smith. Truthfully, even if he stays at his 2021 form, he’s probably a significant upgrade.

[Josina Anderson, Bob Condotta]

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