KEY POINTS

  • Moving Baker Mayfield to a new NFL team will not be easy for the Browns
  • Two teams loom as alternative landing spots if the Browns fail to come to terms with the Colts
  • Mayfield feels disrespected for not being informed of the Deshaun Watson deal

With the impending arrival of Deshaun Watson in Cleveland, a Baker Mayfield exit appears imminent.

But the problem is that his preferred destination--the Indianapolis Colts--comes with plenty of loose ends.

A Mayfield move to the Colts may require the Browns to pay some of the 26-year-old play-caller’s salary, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out.

Indianapolis is aware of the interest of the former Heisman Trophy winner and that the Browns do not have limited options.

Hence, it may take a while to figure things out although Mayfield may want to look at other options if the Browns and Colts are unable to agree to a deal.

One option suggested by Mike Florio is the Seattle Seahawks.

There is a chance that Seattle could explore a deal involving Mayfield who could fill in the void left by Russell Wilson.

Wilson, along with a fourth-round pick, was traded to the Denver Broncos last March 16.

In exchange, the Browns received Drew Lock, Shelby Harris, Noah Fant plus two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-round pick.

If not the Seahawks, another team that could make sense for Mayfield would be the Detroit Lions.

The team needs a first quarterback the Texas native seems like a perfect fit.

For now, the Browns are left in a conundrum. Mayfield is reportedly upset although it was not the move to land Watson that peeved the 26-year-old.

According to an unnamed source via ESPN, it was Mayfield learning about it on social media instead of directly being informed about it by the Browns.

“They didn’t inform Baker ahead of time, just as a courtesy,” the source stated. “It played out so publicly, it was just very insulting... It really angered Baker.”

From there, everything just fell apart for the Browns and Mayfield.

“It’s in the mutual interest of both sides for us to move on,” Mayfield told ESPN's Adam Schefter after making the request. “The relationship is too far gone to mend. It's in the best interests of both sides to move on.”

Baker Mayfield Browns Panthers Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns is congratulated by Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers after Cleveland's 26-20 win at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images