49ers rumors: Seahawks ‘very much’ in the mix for Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The 49ers potentially rekindling their relationship with Baker Mayfield could take a next step, as reports say the Seahawks are interested in the Browns QB.

As we already pointed out before, the San Francisco 49ers would absolutely relish having current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the NFC West as a new member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Particularly EDGE Nick Bosa. Remember those two back when the Niners hosted the Browns at Levi’s Stadium? That was fun. At least from Bosa’s perspective.

At any rate, Mayfield won’t be with Cleveland for much longer. Not after the Browns engineered a blockbuster trade for former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson earlier this offseason, which essentially put the No. 1 overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft into the same lame-duck category as San Francisco’s own, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Seattle, in the wake of trading away quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in what turned into a wild quarterbacking offseason carousel, is either looking at starting one of the pieces Denver sent back, Drew Lock, drafting a quarterback in an otherwise weak draft for signal-callers or engineering some kind of trade.

Perhaps for Mayfield.

Reports say 49ers could face ‘Seahawks’ QB Baker Mayfield in 2022

FanSided’s national NFL insider Matt Lombardo broke down what he’s been hearing about the Hawks potentially involving themselves in a trade for Mayfield.

“An NFL executive told me on Monday that the Seattle Seahawks are ‘very much in the mix’ for Mayfield,” Lombardo reported. “And he even suggested there have been back-channel communications between the Browns and several teams about a trade as draft night approaches.”

The 49ers would have an interest in this development for two key reasons.

First, it’s of note which quarterback they’d face twice a year in a Seattle uniform. That’s obvious enough. Second, however, Mayfield might need to be the next domino to fall in that aforementioned quarterback carousel to free up the right opportunity to move Garoppolo.

Once Mayfield is moved, Garoppolo effectively becomes the next best-available veteran signal-caller on the trade block.

Both the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have seriously yet to address their respective quarterback needs. And while the Niners wouldn’t dare move Garoppolo within the division, Mayfield going to the Hawks could free up a better opportunity to engineer a trade with Carolina.

However, as San Francisco knows all too well, trade talks can easily fall apart at any given moment.

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