Heaps: Seahawks won’t trade for Baker Mayfield, but will pursue if cut
The Seahawks didn’t take a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Does that mean they won’t be adding to that room as we get closer to the start of the 2022 season?
With Drew Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason as the top dogs in the quarterback room, many have thought that the Seahawks will try and add another quarterback to the mix, especially a more proven option.
The main option available? Baker Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick who will no longer be the starter for the Browns after Cleveland acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans.
“Via trade? 0% chance,” Heaps said. “Via free agency after being cut? 100% chance. That’s how I feel. That is the disparity between the two. There is no way, no how the Seahawks are going to be anywhere close to being interested in trading for Baker Mayfield.”
Currently, Mayfield is owed over $18.5 million guaranteed for the 2022 season in the final year of his five-year rookie contract, according to Spotrac. Many analysts and insiders have reported that if the Browns were to trade Mayfield, they would have to eat a good chunk of his contract in order to move him.
But if that doesn’t happen, the Browns may have to just cut Mayfield outright, eating his entire 2022 contract and allowing him to sign with any interested team.
Heaps doesn’t think the Seahawks will or should try and trade for Mayfield, even if the Browns were to take on half of his 2022 salary.
“But if Baker Mayfield is cut, he’s on the open market, and they could compete for his services? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense,” he said.
Additionally, Heaps thinks the Seahawks would be the most intriguing option for Mayfield for next season.
“I think that Baker Mayfield if he’s looking at the landscape, the situation here in Seattle should be infinitely more attractive than the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Carolina Panthers or whoever else would be vying for his services,” Heaps said. “I think the Seattle Seahawks would be the exact right place for him and I think the Seahawks should 100% be in on that situation if it did present itself … No way they trade for him but if he becomes on the open market, you better believe that they will crank it up and they will definitely be aggressive in their pursuit of him.”
You can hear the full conversation in the Four-Down Territory segment of the podcast at this link or in the player below.