The Houston Texans’ 7th ranked Deshaun Watson destination: Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns have had a roller-coaster experience with Baker Mayfield ever since selecting him first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. While Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski got a playoff appearance out of Mayfield in 2020, this last season cast serious doubts about whether Mayfield is the franchise passer.
Looking at the AFC North, this is a competitive division with the Baltimore Ravens and the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals who are currently the AFC’s representatives in Super Bowl LVI. However, depending on what the Pittsburgh Steelers do at quarterback, they could return to the force that they were for the last 18 years with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm.
As for Cleveland’s cap situation (click here to see the full roster), they’d have ~14M with Mayfield still on the roster. Maybe Cleveland would find somewhere else to send him. The Browns can eke out a few signings to help Watson.
Houston gets a ton of offensive help but is down to ~7M in cap space. It would be tough for Houston to do much of anything in free agency without renegotiating some contracts. Caserio delivers on a Herschel Walker-like compensation for Watson.