The Pittsburgh Steelers could make a bold trade that could completely change their draft strategy.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported this week that Pittsburgh would sign quarterback Baker Mayfield “the very next day” if he was released by the Cleveland Browns.
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The Browns traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson earlier this offseason, leaving the franchise in a spot where they need to deal Mayfield.
So far, Cleveland hasn’t been able to work a deal.
It seems doubtful that the Browns will release Mayfield. Quarterbacks are a valuable commodity and Cleveland should seemingly be able to get something out of Mayfield.
The Steelers could step up and make a light offer and try to get Mayfield for next to nothing.
I think this would be a great move by Pittsburgh. Mayfield isn’t the next Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen, but he’s a solid quarterback who brought the Browns out of the abyss.
In the two seasons before Mayfield arrived in Cleveland, the Browns went 1-31.
In Mayfield’s four seasons with Cleveland, he’s gone 29-30 as a stater while battling injuries and playing under multiple head coaches/offensive coordinators.
Mayfield was never put in a position to win with the Browns. But he still found a way to at least make Cleveland relevant.
I think it would be worth taking a flier on Mayfield and seeing what he can do with a legitimate head coach and a franchise that’s not dysfunctional.
I’m sure Mayfield would love a chance to stick around in the AFC North, too. It would give him a chance at some revenge against the Browns.
If the Steelers made this move, they could then shift their focus in the draft to landing a defensive lineman or a safety. Or they could trade down and secure more picks. It would open up a ton of options for Pittsburgh moving forward.
Mayfield wouldn’t be some automatic savior in Pittsburgh. But he could be an upgrade over Mitch Trubisky. And he would have a chip on his shoulder, which is when Baker Mayfield is at his best.
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