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Baker Mayfield doesn’t seem like a fit for Houston Texans
Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith did not seem overly enthusiastic about the idea of the team bringing in recently waived quarterback Baker Mayfield.
During his Monday press conference, Houston Texans’ head coach Lovie Smith was asked if the team would consider bringing in Baker Mayfield at the quarterback position. Mayfield asked the Carolina Panthers for his release Monday and they granted it. He must first go through waivers.
As far as whether the Texans pursue Mayfield, Smith explained:
“To be truthful, the only video that I’ve been really studying is ours. That’s a hard story a little bit. To answer your question, everybody that’s available we look at. We see if they fit. We’re constantly trying to improve our roster, so if there’s anybody that’s out there, that’s what we do. Don’t know enough about Baker (Mayfield) or anything like that. We’re trying to get better play from the guys we have on our current roster. That’s what we’re really focused on right now.”
Any team claiming Mayfield off waivers would be responsible for the balance of his salary, approximately $1.3M. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, he is free to sign with any team that wants him. The Texans have approximately $1.7M in available cap room.
Mayfield struggled badly with the Panthers this season, going 1-5 as a starter and putting up career lows in numerous statistical categories. His 16.8 total QBR number is dead last in the NFL.
The former 2018 top overall pick could still have suitors after both the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens suffered injuries to their starting quarterbacks on Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot and is out for the season for the Niners. Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knee injury, and will miss at least this week’s game against Pittsburgh. How long Jackson will be out in unknown at this time but the team does not believe his injury is season ending.