The Houston Texans must avoid Baker Mayfield in free agency

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Whether he wants to leave Cleveland or not, the Houston Texans should stay far away.

As good of a player Baker Mayfield can be when everything is just right, he is way too enigmatic of a player to figure out. We’ve all seen the “Baker Mayfield” cycle and know that it’s been pretty accurate so far in his career. So how can Mayfield have Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb and not be winning division championships?

No one expected the 2020 Browns to be as good as they were, and their “revenge of the bullied” matchup in the wildcard round was one of the sweetest revenge stories in NFL history. There’s no telling if they’re ever going to get back to that shape.

On top of that, a report came out earlier today saying that Mayfield wanted to be traded if things didn’t improve to his standards. Mayfield has since put that local Cleveland reporter on blast and denied those claims.

Baker Mayfield can stay away from the Houston Texans

Just before the end of 2021, we published an article on the chances of the Texans going after Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins. For those who read that article and wonder, “what’s the difference?” the acute health status of these two definitely makes Cousins more appealing than Mayfield.

Also, Cousins has a 30:7 TD: INT ratio, but that interception number was much lower a few weeks ago. As great as his competitiveness and fire are, I feel like Mayfield hasn’t yet pulled that in. I’m not saying he has to be super dull all the time, but anyone who’s ever gotten competitive at anything can relate to the fact that you may miss minor details when one’s feeling that way.

Those mistakes compound into bad throws, interceptions, and apparent bad vibes (at least according to Beckham Jr.). This past season has been a disaster to watch.

Stay far away, Houston. There are much better options.

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