The Facts: Wednesday afternoon brought another one involving the Seahawks and Mayfield. CBS Sports NFL reporter Josina Anderson tweeted Wednesday that she has been told that “the Seahawks still have a high-level of interest in acquiring’’ Mayfield and that “behind-the-scenes are open to contractually extending him, per league source.’’ She further tweeted that “I know that the process of collecting information and insights into Mayfield is still ongoing.’’
Diehards Line: As Times staffer Bob Condotta notes, in none of what Anderson tweeted contradicts anything that has been known for some time. Both HC Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have said numerous times on the record in the last few months that the Seahawks will continue to consider all options at the quarterback position. Ergo, they are surely continuing to gather whatever information they can about Mayfield in case he becomes available. And Seattle undoubtedly would be open to extending Mayfield because the only way the Seahawks — or any other team — will take him on is with a contract other than the one he currently has, which is guaranteed for $18.8 million this season. The Seahawks aren’t going to pay that much for Mayfield this season under any circumstance — meaning, yes, he’d be under a different contract from Seattle than the one he currently has if acquired. That contract is the reason nothing has yet happened with Mayfield, who became expendable when the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson.