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Rumors: Browns decision on possible Aaron Rodgers trade, Baker Mayfield’s future

Browns, Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield

The Cleveland Browns will enter the 2021 season as one of the more trendy picks to win the Super Bowl. While this has been a way to mock Cleveland fans in the past, there’s some legitimacy to it this time around after what the Browns accomplished in 2020, including a playoff win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With Aaron Rodgers growing frustrated in Green Bay, many teams have popped up as potential landing destinations, should the Packers pull the trigger on a trade. Naturally, Cleveland has been one of those teams being brought up. However, don’t expect the Browns to make a move for Rodgers should he become available.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, the Browns are “all-in” on Baker Mayfield and won’t even open up a dialogue about trading for Rodgers, should he become available.

On one side, Baker Mayfield showed rapid improvements in 2020 and emerged as a true leader for the Browns as they marched into the postseason. Mayfield threw for 3,563 yards and had 26 touchdowns, opposed to eight interceptions. The Browns must believe the best is still yet to come for the former No. 1 overall pick, and the recent vote of confidence would seemingly assure just that.

On the other side, Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who is one of the greatest to ever do it. At age 38, maybe the window is a bit smaller, but there aren’t too many who would argue they would take Mayfield over Rodgers.

Other factors playing into this are age and contract, both of which favor Mayfield. And because of that and perhaps other reasons, Cleveland appears all set to see if Baker Mayfield can take this team to the promised land.

Maybe Rodgers plays for the Packers in 2021, or maybe he plays in Denver or Las Vegas. Just don’t expect him to be in a Browns uniform when the 2021 season begins.