When the Browns and Panthers held commerce talks concerning Baker Mayfield throughout the draft, the AFC North crew was not believed to be willing to pay a lot of its former beginning quarterback’s salary to transfer him. Cleveland could also be coming round.
The groups picked up talks not too long ago, and the Browns at the moment are ready to pay extra of Mayfield’s totally assured $18.9M salary to facilitate a deal. The crew has moved to the $9-$10M vary, Albert Breer of SI.com stated throughout an look on the Rich Eisen Show (video link). This nonetheless doesn’t meet the Panthers’ asking worth, Breer provides. It is unclear the place the edges are on draft compensation, however rumblings proceed to emerge about Mayfield lastly altering groups.
During the groups’ draft talks, the Browns had been not far beyond the $3M mark here. Carolina was believed to need Cleveland to pick up at least $13M of Mayfield’s salary to log out on a deal, creating an deadlock that led to Mayfield-to-Charlotte buzz cooling. By not reaching the Panthers’ worth level, the Browns are betting on the Panthers — they of a quarterback room headlined by Darnold and Matt Corral — assembly their phrases to guarantee a greater QB1 choice arrives weeks forward of coaching camp. Urgency has surfaced on Carolina’s side, although Matt Rhule stated that was not the case. The recreation of rooster persists.
The Panthers (and Seahawks) can proceed to power the Browns to carry Mayfield’s salary on their books, however Cleveland — thanks partly to structuring Deshaun Watson‘s contract in a method to reduce the monetary penalty the embattled QB would endure if/when suspended — has a gargantuan cap-space lead on the remaining of the NFL. As of Monday afternoon, the Browns maintain greater than $42M in cap area. No different crew possesses $26M.
If the Browns reduce Mayfield, they might find yourself owing greater than $17M — thanks to offset language in his rookie deal. Although some executives anticipate the Browns to lastly reduce bait, they’ve maintained all through the offseason that won’t occur. By going by minicamp with their oft-scrutinized QB setups, the Panthers and Seahawks gained prolonged appears to be like at their in-house choices. But Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo, whose March shoulder surgical procedure clouds his commerce market till not less than July, stay obtainable. As lengthy as that’s the case, Carolina and Seattle’s QB conditions will proceed to generate consideration.