Jul 02, 2022
Browns Trade Proposal Swaps Baker Mayfield For $29.5 Million Receiver
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Getty images Quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have been trying to move Baker Mayfield for months and could use another wideout for Deshaun Watson, the guy set to replace him. One trade exists that could accomplish both of those goals in one fell swoop.
The Carolina Panthers have appeared the most likely landing spot for Mayfield since the NFL Draft, when they were first confirmed to be engaged in serious trade talks for the quarterback.Subsequent reports have had the Panthers pursuing Mayfield aggressively, though no deal has yet gotten done. Most of the quibbling back and forth has been centered around money, namely how much of Mayfield’s nearly $19 million guaranteed salary the Browns will agree to pay as part of a trade sending him to the NFC South.
Josina Anderson of CBS Sports in mid-June floated the possibility that Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson could serve as an important factor in helping a deal centered around Mayfield come to fruition.
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“Does this team need a No. 2 wide receiver above the skill set of a Donovan Peoples-Jones?” Anderson said. “You mentioned the Carolina Panthers. If something happens in the future, could somebody like a Robbie Anderson be a part of that trade?”
Anderson has been vocal on more than one occasion about his displeasure with Carolina’s interest in trading for Mayfield. Thus, swapping him to Cleveland as part of a deal for the quarterback would fill the Browns’ need at wide receiver while removing a headache in Carolina’s huddle before it begins.
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GettyWide receiver Robbie Anderson (right) of the Carolina Panthers attempts to break a tackle by Foyesade Oluokun (left) of the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Anderson’s value as part of a Mayfield trade doesn’t stop at what he could bring to a Browns’ wide receiver group that is at the very least inexperienced, if not legitimately thin, behind the recently acquired Amari Cooper, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report on Saturday, July 2, laid out the rationale behind including Anderson as part of a hypothetical deal.
The Panthers have been searching for a quarterback upgrade this offseason. They’ve failed at every turn. However, the strong possibility of a trade for Baker Mayfield remains on the table.
The Browns don’t want to eat the entirety, or even the majority, of Mayfield’s $18.9 million salary cap hit. By dealing Anderson, the Panthers would create extra space to offset Mayfield’s deal, and the Browns would get a player of value at a position of need.
Carolina still has D.J. Moore, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Rashard Higgins to serve as its top three wide receivers — not to mention a healthy Christian McCaffrey for 2022 — and a starting quarterback holds significantly more value than a No. 2 target.
Anderson most recently signed a two-year contract with the Panthers that pays him $29.5 million over the life of the deal, per Spotrac.Baker Mayfield Clear That Time With Cleveland Browns is Over
Getty ImagesQuarterback Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns does not intend to play another snap for the team during his NFL career.
While he remains a member of the official roster, the chances that Mayfield ever takes another snap for Cleveland are slim to none.
Speaking to media members on June 28 from his annual youth football camp in Norman, Oklahoma, Mayfield stated definitively that his time with the Browns has come to an end and that it will be a mutual parting of ways.
“No,” Mayfield said in response to a question about whether he would play for the team again under any circumstances. “I think for that to happen, there would have to be some reaching out. But we’re ready to move on, I think, on both sides.”
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David Moore becomes the latest Chicago Bears wide receiver to be sidelined with an injury
Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus looked at a reporter after Tuesday’s Family Fest practice at Soldier Field and asked his own question.
“Have you played receiver?” he asked, putting on his recruiting hat from his days as a college coach.
No, the Bears haven’t reached that point yet, but their depth continues to be depleted after yet another wide receiver was injured during practice.
David Moore suffered an apparent right leg injury during one-on-one drills, and trainers spent several minutes examining him before calling for a cart. Moore didn’t put weight on his leg as trainers helped him to the cart.
Moore was one of five Bears receivers who missed practice Tuesday. Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown are their top two healthy receivers, but the injuries have made the depth beyond that murky.
“It does make it difficult,” Eberflus said. “You lose men on a 90-man roster and it makes it difficult for the other guys. We’re at that situation where we’ve got to just keep on working through it. Next man up and the whole roster is going to get more reps at that position.”
Eberflus didn’t have an immediate update on Moore, who totaled 78 catches for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns over four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
But Eberflus did confirm that N’Keal Harry’s ankle injury will sideline him for a significant amount of time. NFL Network reported it is a high ankle sprain that could keep him out six weeks.
Byron Pringle is out with a quadriceps injury that Eberflus classified as more significant than day to day, though he doesn’t think it will affect Pringle’s start to the regular season. Velus Jones Jr. and Dante Pettis are also out with undisclosed injuries.
Pringle and Jones worked out on the Soldier Field sideline with other injured players Tuesday.
The status of tight end Cole Kmet also is worth watching. He sat out team work late in practice Tuesday. The Bears also were without tight ends Ryan Griffin and James O’Shaughnessy.
Defensive lineman Angelo Blackson and cornerbacks Kyler Gordon and Duke Shelley were present but didn’t practice.
“It’s just next man up,” St. Brown said. “It’s football, injuries happen. You hate to see your fellow teammates go down, but in the middle of practice, the next person has to step up and fill the shoes of wherever we are missing guys. You hate to see it and it happens every year, but, yeah, people have to step up.”