He is still under contract via his fifth-year option which will give him a fully-guaranteed $18.8 million this season.
However, he might not be with the Browns for long due to the team’s active search for a trade partner.
Sports journalist and podcast host Michael Balko initially revealed that another team is possibly in play for Mayfield aside from the Seattle Seahawks.
But on the contrary, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport shared during his recent guesting on The Pat McAfee Show that the Seahawks were never interested in Mayfield.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson shut down Rapoport’s update by saying that it is inaccurate and that the Seahawks are controlling the narrative by painting that story.
Despite the contradictions regarding the updates on Mayfield’s situation, Balko revealed the teams that he heard are showing interest in the 2018 first overall draft pick.
— Michael Balko (@MichaelBalkoJr) July 5, 2022
Aside from the Seahawks, the Carolina Panthers are still allegedly in the Mayfield sweepstakes despite drafting Matt Corral in the 2022 draft.
No surprises as well with the Detroit Lions as they continue to put pressure on Jared Goff to play like a Pro Bowl quarterback.
But the fourth team on Balko’s list is somewhat surprising.
Buccaneers Interested In Mayfield?
Right now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have no use for Mayfield, given that Tom Brady is their undisputed starter.
It’s hard to see Brady being unseated from the starting role after having a 5,000-yard season last year.
However, the 44-year-old quarterback is in the final year of his current contract and he might retire again after the 2022 season.
When that happens, the team would like to have a contingency plan and Mayfield could be a viable option.
He can help keep the team competitive while general manager Jason Licht plans his next move at the position.