AFC Notes: Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, Browns, Ravens

Deshaun Watson

  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport notes the base salary of Browns QB Deshaun Watson is $1 million, which is what will be affected should he be suspended during the 2022 NFL season.
  • Pro Football Talk has the full contract details for Watson. He receives a $44.965 million signing bonus, a base salary of $1.035 million in 2022, and base salaries of $46 million in 2023-2026. The entire deal is guaranteed, with no clauses that allow forfeiture for suspension for the current allegations he’s facing.
  • Attorney Tony Buzbee mentioned that no team, including the Browns, has reached out to him about the legal status of QB Deshaun Watson: “I didn’t expect them to do so, and can understand why they didn’t. But, knowing what I know, they probably should have.” (Jake Trotter)

Baker Mayfield

  • PFF’s Doug Kyed reports that while teams will be interested in Browns QB Baker Mayfieldthe trade market for him will not be strong.
  •’s Mary Kay Cabot writes that Mayfield was planning to sit out the entire offseason and training camp following his trade request, which came before the Browns traded for Watson.
  • She mentions Mayfield’s preferred destination is the Colts but it’s not clear what their level of interest is. It’s even a possibility the Browns will have to eat some of Mayfield’s salary to trade him to Indy. Keeping Mayfield on the roster is not an option, per Cabot.
  • The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia estimates Mayfield’s trade value might be a conditional third-round pick. PFN’s Mike Kaye sees the situation similarly.


  • The Ravens had a formal Combine interview and will also meet virtually with UAB DE Alex Wright. (Justin Melo)

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