They received Drew Lock in their deal with Denver, but he has proven just about nothing of note in three seasons in the National Football League.
There are still a couple of decent QBs available on the market, and one of them is a 26-year-old who has shown some potential in his four pro seasons but hasn’t quite put it all together yet.
The Seahawks should look into taking a flyer on Baker Mayfield, and according to reports, they have at least considered the idea of him.
Perhaps he would be a great fit for Pete Carroll’s squad.
Mayfield May Still Have Potential
Mayfield has shown some promise since entering the league as the number one pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
His first two seasons were a struggle, as his Cleveland Browns finished with a losing record both years, although he did set a league record for rookies with 27 touchdowns.
But in 2020, he raised his game, throwing for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns against just eight interceptions, and his production raised the Browns to an 11-5 record and their first playoff appearance since 2002.
He was solid in the playoffs, contributing 263 yards and three touchdowns in Cleveland’s opening-round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mayfield is coming off surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder, and many seem to be down on him.
But maybe a change of scenery, as well as playing for a more proven coach in Carroll, would help him blossom.
Seattle Has Weapons Mayfield Can Utilize
When the Austin, Texas native was in Cleveland, there was something of a lack of stability with the roster on the offensive side of the ball.
Star wideout Jarvis Landry missed five games last year with a sprained knee, while Odell Beckham Jr., who was supposed to be his main target, tore his ACL in 2020 and played only 13 games for the Browns over the last two seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
Baker Mayfield to the #Seahawks?? If I were him, that’s what I’d want.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) March 21, 2022
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— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) March 21, 2022
Metcalf pulled in 967 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021, and at age 24, he can still become considerably better if he continues to have a strong QB by his side.
Meanwhile, Lockett has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in each of the last three seasons.
Mayfield could also benefit from playing with coach Carroll, as he wants to rely more on running the football, a strategy that could take some pressure off the quarterback.
Is The Risk Of Acquiring Mayfield Minimal?
Reportedly, the Seahawks are leery of going after Mayfield because he is owed about $19 million this coming season.
However, 2022 will be the final season of his current contract, which means that if he didn’t work out for Seattle, it could just let him go and try to get under the salary cap as much as possible.
In addition, next year’s draft class is thought to be rich in viable QB prospects, so if Mayfield didn’t measure up for the Seahawks, they could perhaps find a suitable replacement next April.