With the NFL offseason going into mandatory minicamps, teams continue to sign players that will help their chances in 2022.
Aside from extending contracts to those they’ve selected during the draft, they are still on the lookout for free agents that can become vital contributors to their squad.
Quarterbacks are at the top of the wish list because getting it right gives any NFL team better winning odds.
That’s why teams do not hesitate in giving the big bucks to retain their play-callers.
The Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers have tried to offer them, to no avail.
However, Boston Globe senior writer Ben Volin has a suggestion regarding both players.
Putting on my GM hat for a minute: Baker for Garoppolo straight up. Who says no?
Browns get one year of Watson insurance, Niners get a veteran backup for Lance, each team gets rid of a contract it doesn’t want
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) June 6, 2022
Volin tweeted, “Putting on my GM hat for a minute: Baker for Garoppolo straight up. Who says no? Browns get one year of Watson insurance, Niners get a veteran backup for Lance, and each team gets rid of a contract it doesn’t want.”
It is an intriguing proposition because the Browns are better off having Garoppolo taking over if Deshaun Watson gets a lengthy suspension from the league.
Likewise, the 49ers take his shadow away from Lance who will be their presumptive starter next season.
Mayfield will be an able second-stringer, but the team hopes that it won’t reach that point.
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Despite that suggestion, both teams still have to deal with the huge cap space that both players will consume.
They can take the blow for one season and write it off their books in 2023.
However, it would be better for both teams to retain some cap room to re-sign some of their key players.