About a month ago, I wrote a piece about the possibility of quarterback Aaron Rodgers becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns for next season and beyond. After a shocking 13-10 loss to the 6th-seeded San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round, Aaron Rodgers is once again eliminated from the playoffs.
Certainly, us Browns fans were all happy to hear that quarterback Baker Mayfield had a successful surgery on his shoulder recently. Now, the Browns could just say… “Yo, Baker is our dude, we are riding with him and stop with the talk of other quarterbacks.”
But what fun is that???
With the way Baker played this past season, despite being injured, there are many questions as to if he would be the starting quarterback come next year. There is a chance he could come back next year and be a superstar. There’s also a chance he could come back and suck once again. Another. Wasted. Year for the Browns.
So, if Aaron Rodgers did want to play for the Browns, how would it even happen? Well, Rodgers could request a trade from the Packers to a contender. The Browns have the roster, with the addition of Rodgers, to be that team ready to win it all.
Then, what would the team do with Baker?
Trade him to a team seeking a quarterback for some picks and such. No way Baker would just chill as a backup quarterback for the Browns behind Rodgers.
This season, Rodgers threw for 4,115 yards with 37 touchdowns and only four interceptions. That’s incredible when looking at Baker’s 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the year.
Even so, the risk with this venture is immense. Obviously, the Packers aren’t giving Rodgers up for free. It would take a couple of first-round picks and maybe even more to get such a talented player in Cleveland. That’s worth the price if it means a Super Bowl. However, Rodgers is 38 and won’t be playing forever. If it doesn’t happen in this upcoming year, the quarterback may retire after a single season and the Browns are out the players they would have drafted.
I believe that if a person were to be betting on this, the safe bet is that the team is just going to simply stick with Baker and pick up that fifth-year option for next season. That doesn’t mean there is no chance of Rodgers to Cleveland, but the risks are just so great it would be a huge deal if the Browns made the moves and brought the future Hall of Famer to The Land.
What would I do if I was in charge?
It will be interesting to see how Baker responds after the shoulder surgery. He could end up being great and all of this talk of Rodgers and other quarterbacks will be laughed upon in the future. However, Aaron Rodgers is going to be great and that is a fact. I take the risks and go for it all with Rodgers as the quarterback. I have a feeling Baker will be better next season, but not a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.