The Cleveland Browns' game of poker with interested parties over the future of unwanted former starting quarterback Baker Mayfield looks set to continue throughout the summer with no trade deal close and the AFC North team showing no desire to cut him loose.
The Browns, who are 19/2 for the AFC Championship title, essentially let their former No.1 overall pick that he wouldn't take another snap for them when they pulled off the blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson this spring.
Mayfield was probably expecting to be settling in to a new system at another team's facility by now, but potential trade partners like the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers have baulked at the Browns' asking price.
That isn't to say Cleveland want an exorbitant amount of draft capital in return, but they are refusing to bend in terms of how much of the QB's $18.9million salary for 2022 they will cover. You can follow the action from next season on our Sports Live Streaming platform.
The latest on the situation, a league source tells Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, is that the Browns are steadfast in their position that Mayfield will not be cut even if by letting him linger in Ohio could become a distraction to the team.
How much of a distraction is open to question as the Browns could work out a deal with the 27-year-old that ensures he trains at a separate time or place to the rest of their roster.
Some suitors will still believe the Browns are bluffing in order to secure a sweeter deal, but quarterback-needy franchises may change their tune if their placeholder triggermen underwhelm at training camp or other teams suddenly enter the fray due to injuries.