The 2022 NFL offseason has been full of player trades and moves, but there are still two important roster decisions to be made. Aside from future surprises around the league elsewhere, two moves fans can expect to see are the Cleveland Browns eventually parting ways with Baker Mayfield and similarly with the San Francisco 49ers moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo.
Months ago it was widely speculated that both players could easily be processed for some form of trade compensation, but once the draft has come and gone, the ability of both teams to improve their rosters for the 2022 season took a hit. Now, several NFL executives expect the Browns and 49ers to eventually release both players from their contracts, allowing them to hit free agency, with no takers emerging so far.
Baker Mayfield, Jimmy G are in similar, but different places
While the two situations are unique from each other in several ways, whether it’s a fully guaranteed contract in Mayfield’s case and an indefinite suspension for Deshaun Watson, which could actually creating a massive need for Cleveland to have a better QB than Jacoby Brissett. But I digress.
And in San Fran’s case, having Garoppolo on hand makes it almost impossible to hand over the keys of offense and locker room entirely to Trey Lance, so Jimmy G has to go, one way or another.
For the 49ers, they can simply release Garoppolo and only cost themselves $1.4 million in dead wages on their 2022 cap. That’s not the case for the Browns, who would face an $18.8 million penalty. dollars for freeing Mayfield.
Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers most linked to Baker Mayfield, Jimmy Garoppolo
But then again, they’re both starting quarterbacks in the NFL, why should either team just release them without any compensation. It won’t take long for either player to be picked up by another team in a new city.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano has had the chance to speak with several NFL executives and he says “the majority of people I’ve spoken to believe that Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo will eventually be released.”
While he suggested Garoppolo’s pending status with his team has fewer conditions, believing a trade for Jimmy G is more likely than Mayfield, he walked away expecting both players to be released .
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler continues to say he expects the Carolina Panthers to be more interested in Garoppolo and the Seattle Seahawks to be more intrigued by Mayfield.
We’ll see if another team takes over with an interest in trading for either QB as training camps continue to draw closer and closer.
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