CLEVELAND, Ohio – In this issue of “Hey, Mary Kay!” i answer questions about deshan watson, baker mayfield and others.
Hey, Mary Kay: You know this locker room like no one else. Do you think these players will take Deshan Watson with open arms? Do you think he has been in contact with players like Miles Gareth and Nick Chub? Thank you Mary Kay for all your hard work! #newbeginnings – Jeff Lerner, Avon, Ohio
Hey, Jeff: Thank you. I know Watson has already embraced many of his new Brown teammates. I was told that Miles Garrett reached out to him early and greeted him on the team. I know he spent time with Greg Newsom II and Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoa when he was in town for his introductory press conference and they were excited for his appearance. I’m sure he was in touch with his new receiver № 1 Omar Cooper and I know lineback Anthony Walker willingly gave up on his № 4 and that made him immediately feel accepted.
I’m sure he’ll have a lot in common with Nick Chub because they’re both from Georgia, they’re both 26 and they’ve undoubtedly crossed paths and have mutual friends. I heard his former Texas teammate Jadeveon Clowns would like to meet him, and Jarvis Landry’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, told me that Watson’s app makes Brown more intriguing to him. The Browns players are ready to win and I think they believe, like the Browns, that Watson makes them an instant contender for the Super Cup.
Hey, Mary Kay: Do you think Brown would consider playing Baker Mayfield to start the season if Dashon Watson is rejected? – Bob Rupel from New, Ohio.
Hey, Bob: The plan is to start a new reserve Jacoby Brisset if Dashon Watson is suspended early in the season instead of Baker Mayfield. The Browns hope to exchange Mayfield so far, and will have him on the list only if they still have no candidates for his $ 18.86 million contract.
But if they have to wait until the starting defender gets injured, they will. They don’t want to give it away, and they don’t want to take part of his salary or throw in the draft if they don’t need to. If he’s next at training camp, it will be embarrassing if he will perform reps behind Watson, but the Browns may have to go with that until a deal comes along.
The hardest part is that the defenders don’t get hit and thus don’t get hurt until the regular season. The Browns must hope that something decent will appear sooner so that they can close the section on the Mayfield era.
Hey, Mary Kay: Do you think Anthony Schwartz will be a key part of Brown’s host corps next season? Lately, I’ve heard little to people talking about his skill and side. I believe he could be a serious threat to Deschanel Watson. What is your opinion? – Jordan Brimner, Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Hey, Jordan: Hello Canada! I really think Anthony Schwartz could be a good, complementary part in the host corps this season after his injured year of rookie. Schwartz, who has insane speed, missed the entire offseason and preseason due to a hamstring injury and then missed three concussion games during the season.
But Schwartz, who is still raw, has a huge work ethic and will return to the off-season program, ready to make a significant contribution. He is smart, learns fast and has learned a lot from his teacher Jarvis Landry. I think he will make a decent jump in the 2nd year and he will be better off with Watson throwing a clear deep ball. He will also return, determined to erase the frustrating season of newcomers.
Hey, Mary Kay: Do you think Andrew Berry can wait too long to sign more free agents? I thought Devante Parker might be a good addition, but now he’s a patriot. The same goes for line defenders. Does Baker Mayfield keep his cap on? – Robert Damien, Hubbard, Ohio
Hey, Robert: I don’t think Mayfield’s hit of $ 18.86 million is preventing Berry from signing more free agents because they still have over $ 20.683 million, which is the fourth in the NFL, according to overthecap.com. Berry has structured the contracts of Deshan Watson and Omar Cooper in such a way that they count on only $ 15 million compared to this year’s limit.
Perhaps a little more maneuverable, the Browns still have what it takes to cover their rookie class, sign Jadeveon Clowns and Jarvis Landry if they can, and extend Denzel Ward – even if they have to carry out Mayfield’s full contract for a while. Ideally, they will reset most of the books as soon as possible. If its representatives can find a team willing to creatively fund the deal, trade before the camp will be more likely.
Hey, Mary Kay: Given Deshan Watson’s likely suspension, how will this affect Brown’s ability to act in the postseason with perhaps less time to stay in the regular season? – Emmett Kesky, North Canton, Ohio
Hey, Emmett: At the NFL’s annual meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, last week, I had the impression that NFL investigators would consider Watson’s two charges without a jury charge as mitigating factors and that his dismissal could be shorter than expected. One can imagine that this could end in something like a six-game ban, which comes down to four, or something in that range.
In a season of 17 games this would give the Browns plenty of time to reach the playoffs from tough AFC North. AFC as a whole will be battling to the finish line with the additions of Russell Wilson in Denver and Matt Ryan in Indianapolis. It promises to be a great theater for the second season in a row.
Hey, Mary Kay: Wouldn’t it be better to exchange Mayfield for a lower-round draft pick, such as fourth and fifth this year and fifth and sixth next year, or something like that? Or maybe pay for some of your salary? Brown can use lower picks for players and kickers and some special team players? – Stefanie Bay Frost, St. Petersburg, Virginia.
Hey, Stephanie: I don’t think compensation when choosing a draft is a problem now to the extent that the reluctance of teams to take on Mayfield’s fully guaranteed $ 18.86 million for 2022, especially if he’s fighting for a starting job rather than a guaranteed QB1.
There are three things that keep Brown from heading into the era of Deshan Watson: his 22 unfinished civil lawsuits, his impending dismissal, and Mayfield’s presence on the list.
Once those issues are resolved, Brown can focus on football and get down to business to get to the Super Cup. The draft you offer may be enough, but there is no market for Mayfield now, so even an election offer at the end of the round is hard to find.
Hey, Mary Kay: What does the extension of the contract with Denzel Ward look like after this deal with Xavien Howard, plus Watson’s limit next year will be $ 50 million? – Andrew Howe, Erie, P.
Hey, Andrew: As usual, the longer the team waits to make a big expansion, the higher the price. Look at what the Ravens are facing now with Lamar Jackson, whom they could extend until last season by about $ 40 million a year.
Since then, Josh Allen has signed a $ 43 million extension, Aaron Rogers $ 50 million and Dashon Watson $ 46 million, including a guaranteed record $ 230 million in the NFL.
As for Howard, his average income of $ 25,345 over the last two years of the deal makes him the highest paid defender in the NFL in those years. (In all five years of the deal, it will cost an average of $ 18 million for fourth place in the NFL). Howard received a major dollar in part because of his high amount of interceptions: 27 in six seasons, including 10 in 2020 and five last year. Ward linked his career-high to three last season, and has 10 in four. But he will probably still be paid among the top five in the NFL because of his ability to block and because he is the next person with rising wages.
Hey, Mary Kay: Could Baker Mayfield be a draft day and what pieces they plan to fill during the draft. – David Morales, Lorraine, Ohio
Hey, David: Teams know that Mayfield is in the trading block, so draft trading is definitely possible depending on what the teams can do on the draft. If the team gets Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett, they will be less prone to spring for Mayfield. I still think the Browns will be looking at the starting receiver on the draft and on the lineman in defense, particularly the quarterback. I think they should consider moving from № 44 to the overall standings in the first round or at least higher in the second to provide one of the best receivers or defenders of the edge. It’s deep enough in these two positions to get a starting number of 44.
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