No parade necessary, but Baker Mayfield deserves better than this from Browns:

The Browns started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons before Baker Mayfield started every game in 2019.

The Browns started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons before Baker Mayfield started every game in 2019.

Baker Mayfield is not your quintessential NFL quarterback. He is undersized and over-caffeinated compared to the taller and more even-keeled QBs who dominate the position.

For every wired Mayfield there is a more composed Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. For every Jim McMahon there was a Joe Montana and John Elway. For every Don Meredith a Bart Starr. It’s not that flash and brash or offbeat personalities can not succeed – see Aaron Rodgers, Joe Namath and Ken Stabler – but the position lends itself to a low drama approach. See Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning and Roger Staubach.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is a brash compared to NFL compatriots Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is a brash compared to NFL compatriots Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

For that reason, I would have considered, but ultimately not drafted, Mayfield No. 1 in 2018, as the Cleveland Browns did.

Before the ’18 NFL draft I wrote: “All things being equal, I would take Mayfield over (Josh) Allen. But all things are not equal, because Mayfield can be a knucklehead, which casts suspicion on his NFL career. ”

Mayfield is no Johnny Manziel, whose immaturity and sense of entitlement led to his downfall, but he is not enough of a calm-under-fire Matthew Stafford to lead Cleveland to a Super Bowl title.

Let’s be straight about that, but also straight about what Mayfield brought to Cleveland. This free bird freed the Browns from embarrassment, helping turn a franchise that went 1-31 in 2016-17 into a 2020 playoff team that nearly advanced to the AFC championship game.

Say what you will about Mayfield, that he usually came up short in the clutch or that he played through an injury when doing so actually hurt the team, but… hey, wait a minute, why make it sound like Baker has left the Browns?

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has a 29-30 record and a career passer rating of 87.8.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has a 29-30 record and a career passer rating of 87.8.

The truth is the Browns left him. Owner Jimmy Haslam and his cast of characters have treated Mayfield like the loyal family dog ​​after the first baby arrives home. Nice knowing you, pooch. Now go to your corner.

I’m not saying Cleveland needs to throw a parade for Mayfield but at least throw him a bigger bone. Show the man more respect for having raised the bar on a beleaguered franchise that just five years ago was the laughingstock of sports.

Before Baker arrived, there was an audition line of Browns quarterbacks wrapping around the Factory of Sadness and out to the Terminal Tower. Cleveland started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons before Mayfield started every game in 2019. Maybe the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner was not the ultimate answer, but he was a better option than anything offered over the previous two decades.

There I go again, writing as if Mayfield is already gone. He’s not. At least not as of Thursday afternoon. It just feels that way because the Charlie Browns bungle anything they touch. They blindsided Mayfield by going after Deshaun Watson without first telling their starting quarterback, then faced an especially awkward situation when they initially failed to lure Watson from Houston.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he felt disrespected by the way the team handled the signing of signal caller Deshaun Watson.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he felt disrespected by the way the team handled the signing of signal caller Deshaun Watson.

Now that they have the massagynist under contract, at $ 230 million guaranteed, Mayfield is expendable. The Browns would rather take a chance on Watson, who still faces possible league discipline over accusations of sexual assault or misconduct, than give Mayfield more time to prove he can win games when healthy.

Is Mayfield tradeable? The 27-year-old has a 29-30 record and is coming off surgery for a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. His career passer rating of 87.8 is far from spectacular, but he is more than serviceable for any team in need of a quarterback.

I would enjoy seeing Pittsburgh make a play, to further heat the rivalry. And be honest, Steelers fans, you’d feel more confident with Mayfield than Mitch Trubisky.

The Steelers, with starter Mitch Trubisky, represent one possible destination for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, if Cleveland is willing to trade him within the division.

The Steelers, with starter Mitch Trubisky, represent one possible destination for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, if Cleveland is willing to trade him within the division.

The Browns would never let that happen, but general manager Andrew Berry most certainly is fielding other trade offers as a game of chicken plays out. What will teams give up to take on Mayfield’s $ 18.9 million guaranteed contract? Or will they all lay off and force the Browns to release their disgruntled quarterback?

No matter what, the Browns should work with Mayfield, not against him. Baker is not the Cleveland quarterback franchise hoped for, but he brought the world most beloved team back from the dead. Time to show appreciation by letting this caged bird go free.

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