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Baker Mayfield is still on the table for New Orleans Saints

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EDIT — This article was written before the Saints signed Jameis Winston to a two-year deal.

The NFC South is losing a familiar face, as Matt Ryan has been traded to the Indianapolis Colts. This means the New Orleans Saints won’t face Ryan for the first time since he entered the league in 2008.

With the Colts finding their quarterback for the 2022 season, that takes Baker Mayfield‘s preferred choice off the table. The Saints still could be a landing spot for Mayfield.

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is expected to be traded by the Browns after they shocked the world and were able to complete a trade for Deshaun Watson last Friday.

Could New Orleans Saints be a fit for Baker Mayfield?

After the Saints “missed out” on Watson, Adam Schefter tweeted that Jameis Winston was still a strong option for them. Winston has spent the past two years in the black and gold and started seven games for the team last year before an injury forced him to miss the final half of the season.

If Winston is still willing to return to New Orleans, he’ll likely be the choice. What if, however, he’s upset about the Watson situation or simply finds a better option elsewhere? The Saints will have to find another option.

Mayfield isn’t the best quarterback in the league but he has a swagger and confidence that could really help the Saints’ offense improve in 2022 and beyond. He was injured last year and played through those injuries in Cleveland, which made him look really bad.

In 2020, however, Mayfield had his best season as a pro quarterback, throwing for 3,563 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while rushing for 165 yards and another touchdown. He finished the season with a completion percentage of 62.8 and definitely excels more in a run-heavy offense, which the Saints have.

Mayfield’s first choice, per sources, was Indianapolis but that’s not an option for him now. Would he be interested in joining the Saints? That remains to be seen.

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If the Saints want to add a veteran quarterback in 2022, Baker Mayfield could be an option that wouldn’t force the team to surrender too much in return.

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