Colin Cowherd: “I’ve said this for 25 years of doing this… quarterback is different. You gotta be an adult because you’re the face of the franchise. Turn your hat around at the podium every Wednesday, be a grownup, you’re not a fanboy. It’s okay for you fanboys to wear your hat backwards, you’ll never be in charge of a $2 billion franchise. A story came out today that the Panthers wanted Baker Mayfield but were not willing to pay more than $5 million for him. That’s what Jacoby Brissett makes, and Baker is way more talented than Jacoby Brissett. Every 3 or 4 years a quarterback comes out of college with an ego and I say ‘ehhh, he’s not going to work’. Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, they’re just not mature enough. They’re talented, but at some point in their career it’s not going to work, and they’re not going to get a second chance after their initial team passes, because nobody wants a polarizing or celebrity quarterback. Baker has almost no market… $5 million is what the Panthers would spend. Kansas City spent about $50 million on Mahomes, and I’ll argue all day that Baker is talented. I don’t think he’s no. 1 pick talented, but he’s one of the 25 best quarterbacks in this league and yet there is no market for him. Teams are not looking for polarizing, snarky, ego guys at quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is that, but Aaron is a once-in-a-generation talent and even Green Bay admits now that they don’t have a three-year contract, they offer three one-year contracts. They would bail on him TODAY if Jordan Love could play. Five million dollars, are you kidding me?? He’s a $25 million quarterback… he got them into a playoff game and beat Pittsburgh. That should qualify you for $25-$30 million a year. The ONLY reason he’s not being paid is because of the snark and the nonsense. It DOES matter. They want the Mac Jones and Tre Lance press conference, and you’re not selling out as an athlete if you’re doing that. Sometimes you just have to fall on the sword for the team. This position requires an ADULT.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why there has effectively been zero market around the league for disillusioned Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, despite Mayfield having already put together a very respectable 4-year resume in the pros.
Check out the video above as Colin details why a potential $30 million a year quarterback is now suddenly only being offered just $5 million.