3 teams that should try to sign Baker Mayfield as a backup if released

Baker Mayfield was not traded by the Cleveland Browns during the NFL draft.Syndication The Oklahoman
Baker Mayfield was not traded by the Cleveland Browns during the NFL draft.Syndication The Oklahoman /
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Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Off-the-wall Baker Mayfield destination no. 1: Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos seem pretty set with their quarterback trio of Russell Wilson, Josh Johnson, and Brett Rypien for the time being, but I think this is a fun potential idea.

Russell Wilson has never really had a high-profile backup like Baker Mayfield in the NFL.

There could be a variety of reasons for that — why the Seahawks never really brought in bigger-name veterans behind Russ or why they never really drafted guys high to back him up — but it’s something to note, either way.

Wilson is a proven elite quarterback in the NFL and is someone that Baker Mayfield could learn a lot from.

Although Mayfield has his own way of going about his business as a quarterback, Russell Wilson is the type of field general and leader of a team that earns the respect of his teammates.

Mayfield has always been a fiery personality and backing up a quarterback like Russell Wilson could be a tremendous experience for him.

Not to mention, if Wilson has to miss any sort of extended period of time this season, Mayfield would be a much better alternative than what the Broncos already have.

This is a situation, similar to the one with Tom Brady, that could be beneficial for everyone involved. The biggest difference here is that the Broncos would have no long-term aims for Mayfield, but that doesn’t mean the juice wouldn’t be worth the squeeze.

If Mayfield were to leave in free agency in 2023, the Broncos could get a great compensatory pick in return.

This would be a fun short-term backup situation for the Broncos and good insurance if anything happens to Russ.

It would be a good situation for Mayfield to learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

It would be a beneficial situation for GM George Paton to recoup some draft capital with an in-season trade or perhaps a compensatory pick down the line.

Even if none of these situations come to pass, there’s merit to the idea of a lot of NFL teams trying to acquire Mayfield this season as he rehabs his stock for 2023.