North Notes: Browns, Bears, Mosley, Cooter

Having already been connected to Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, the Browns are midway through an all-hands-on-deck offseason when it comes to their quarterback choice. However, Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com reports the Browns may not be dismissing a Baker Mayfield pick. Multiple evaluators informed Robinson that the Browns are going to be down to Darnold or Mayfield.

A lot of what he is as a player fits with the mentality of John Dorsey,” one source told Robinson from the Senior Bowl. “Just his mental makeup as a player, John believes in building around those kinds of guys. … I think he’s a strong candidate [for the top pick] after this week.”

The 6-foot passer has been mentioned the least among the top quarterbacks as being a viable option at No. 1 at this point in the pre-draft process, but Dorsey said this week there could be “four or five” prospects the team could target atop the draft. While Mayfield’s character issues are still cropping up this week, it’s looking clear he will be picked in the top half of the first round. Robinson notes former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan serves as one of Dorsey’s top sounding boards, and McCloughan’s been pro-Mayfield for a while. Another source noted Dorsey’s past with the Packers during the Brett Favre era could apply here, given Mayfield’s gunslinger style and sometimes difficult off-field persona. Nevertheless, it would quite the leap for Mayfield to rise to the top of the draft over passers who have long been viewed as better prospects.

Here’s the latest from the North divisions:

  • C.J. Mosley has no designs on leaving Baltimore. One of numerous 2014 first-round picks to be stuck in fifth-year option limbo, Mosley is eyeing a career that ends with him being ranked as the second-best linebacker in Ravens history, he said (via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com). The Pro Bowl inside ‘backer expects something to get done regarding an extension. Mosley is set to make $8.718MM next season.
  • The Lions are going to have an entirely new defensive staff under Matt Patricia and already parted ways with quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, who became a coveted commodity this week. But the expectation remains Patricia will retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com notes. While the Lions have struggled on the ground under Cooter, finishing 32nd twice during his two-plus-year tenure running the offense, Matthew Stafford‘s had his best run of seasons during Cooter’s time in Detroit.
  • An internal debate’s being waged at Bears headquarters as to whether Cody Whitehair will function better as a center or guard, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune notes, adding this process will impact whether the team picks up Josh Sitton‘s 2018 option. Whitehair has played both spots, receiving most of his work at center, while Sitton is a pure guard. The soon-to-be 32-year-old blocker is due to count $8.57MM against the Bears’ 2018 cap if the team picks up his option.
  • Another possible factor working in Sitton’s favor for a third Bears year is the Kyle Long‘s suddenly injury-prone status. Biggs reports Long will undergo multiple surgeries this offseason. Long played in 10 games this past season after an extensive rehab process didn’t end until after the 2017 campaign began.
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11 comments on “North Notes: Browns, Bears, Mosley, Cooter

  1. mcase7187

    Every team needs to stay far away from Baker Mayfield he’s the next Jonny football Manziel

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    • jim31762

      Explain why you think so. He’s nothing like Manziel. His off the field behavior is no where near Manziels.

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    • afsooner02

      He’s been doubted his whole life and proven everyone who did wrong….you’ll be no different.

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      • TheBlueMeanie

        Exactly! Just another gas bag spouting nonsense with nothing to back it up. Mayfield has impressed everyone at the Senior Bowl. I’m in Denver and the Broncos are all over him, if they don’t land Cousins in fee-agency.

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      • mcase7187

        Do you guys not see the arrogance and stuff he pulls on and off the field

        I’m no comparing there skills

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        • TheBlueMeanie

          I’m a Sooners fan and watched every game. Sure, he did some immature stuff, but who in their early 20’s didn’t. He regretted it and apologized for it. He has a much better head on his shoulders than Manziel. According to one Broncos’ scout: “He has an edge to him. Great accuracy, and his fastball is legit.

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  2. ahale224

    He’s not manziel, but he’s not a first overall pick either. He’s a guy it’s hard to find a comparison for.

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  3. dem bears

    He’s a jackass that’s not gonna amount to a heel of beans

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