Baker Mayfield Only A Slight Favorite To Keep Starting Job Next Season

  • Baker Mayfield has -145 odds to be the Cleveland Browns starting QB next season.
  • Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, and Aaron Rodgers all have odds to be the Browns starter.

CLEVELAND – After what many thought was a breakout year for Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns last season, they were quickly reminded that this is the same Browns team that they are used to.

After starting the season hot with a 3-1 record in their first four games, their next eight games saw mediocracy as they went 3-5 to bring their record to 6-6 and are sitting outside of the playoffs.

With that, many are quick to blame an underperforming Baker Mayfield which has caused online sportsbooks to list odds on who their starting QB will be next season.

Browns Starting QB Game 1 2022-23 Season

  • Baker Mayfield -145
  • Deshaun Watson +500
  • Mitchell Trubisky +750
  • Aaron Rodgers +850
  • Matt Ryan +1200
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +1200
  • Kirk Cousins +1500
  • Cam Newton +1800
  • Kenny Pickett +1800
  • Carson Strong +1800
  • Matt Corral +2000

Turning Against The Leader

Although Baker Mayfield is favored to remain the Browns starting quarterback next season, there is some reason to believe that the organization could move on. This comes after a report came out that the Browns locker room is “very close” to turning on Baker Mayfield according to Skip Bayless on Undisputed.

“I talked to one source last night that is a very good source that is very plugged into the Cleveland Browns and knows a lot of the players. That source told me this is all about Odell because the players in the locker room — I think we are talking mostly black players, just to be specific about it — are in awe of Odell Beckham Jr. – His mystique and his aura is much bigger than his production over the last four years. He has been beat up, he’s had three surgeries in four years, but I’m going to leave all that alone. He’s still on a pedestal,” said Bayless.

Knowing this, Baker’s favored NFL odds might not be the smartest to take until there are some concrete answers about his relationship with the Browns locker room.

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Following Baker

Directly following Baker on the odds board are three veteran QB’s in Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, and Aaron Rodgers. Looking at Watson, who is on contract with the Houston Texans, the Browns would have to trade for him but might not have enough assets to acquire him.

Trubisky is an interesting option being that if the Browns do move on from Mayfield and they fail to find a long-term QB as a replacement, they could look Trubisky’s way for cheap as he is the backup to Josh Allen in Buffalo.

Aaron Rodgers placement on the odds board should come as a surprise even with his departure from Green Bay following the season. This is because Rodgers has not been rumored to the Browns at all since it was made news that this was his last season with the Packers.

If the Browns do decide to move on from Baker and fail to bring in another quarterback in the offseason, they do have enough draft capital to go out and draft one which makes the odds for Kenny Pickett, Carson Strong, and Matt Corral much stronger.