NFL Notes: Baker Mayfield, Redskins, Vikings

Baker Mayfield

Daniel Jeremiah spoke with five executives regarding which team they felt would be the best fit for Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

  • All five execs picked a different team with one vote apiece coming for the Bills, Cardinals, Chargers, Jaguars, and Saints.
  • Jeremiah supports the idea of Mayfield going to the Chargers and learning behind Philip Rivers for a few years before taking.
  • Here’s what the executive who tossed out the Chargers had to say about the fit with Mayfield: “I could see the Chargers being a good fit. You have a No. 1 receiver in Keenan Allen. You have a No. 1 back in (Melvin) Gordon. They drafted Mike Williams, another weapon when healthy. Hunter Henry, a young reliable safety net. Invested in the OL with (Forrest) Lamp, when he comes back healthy. Also, (Anthony) Lynn had a mobile/active QB in Tyrod (Taylor) when he was in Buffalo. Let him sit behind (Philip) Rivers for a year or two. He and Rivers both have a fiery competitiveness on the field. Perfect fit.”

Redskins

  • Jason La Canfora reports that former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan will be in Washington for three days beginning Dec. 18 for an arbitration against his former employers.
  • The Redskins contend that they fired McCloughan “for cause” related to his drinking, which is why they’ve withheld the $2.8 million that was remaining on his contract at the time of his termination this year.
  • However, McCloughan’s case reportedly includes evidence and testimony from the “highest reaches” of the Redskins organization including owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen. McCloughan contends that he did not drink on the job and very rarely drank at all, and that the team was well aware his prior alcohol issues when they hired him.
  • According to Rapoport, evidence about the availability and consumption of alcohol by other Redskin team personnel on club property is likely to come out during the hearing.
  • It’s also possible that Allen, coach Jay Gruden, and other team officials could be asked to testify during the hearing.

Vikings

  • Jason La Canfora reports that several teams are privately “fuming” at the league office for the discipline handed out for on-field incidents.
  • According to La Canfora, the Vikings are the prominent this week to take issue with the NFL.
  • A few weeks ago, Vikings S Andrew Sendejo was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens WR Mike Wallace. The NFL elected to suspend Bengals S George Iloka for a similar hit on Steelers WR Antonio Brown only to reverse course and rescind Iloka’s suspension.
  • Sources have told La Canfora that Vikings GM Rick Spielman was “livid” about the Iloka ruling, and wanted the football operations staff — led by Troy Vincent — to clarify or explain why the outcomes of these two discipline processes were not the same.

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