Baker Mayfield on Browns reconciliation: I think both sides ready to move on

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s disciplinary hearing with the NFL is starting on Tuesday amid reports that the league is pushing for a suspension that would last for at least a year and the prospect of that ban has led some to wonder if Baker Mayfield would return to the lineup in Cleveland.

Mayfield was asked if there was any chance of a reconciliation with the Browns during an appearance at a youth football camp in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday. Mayfield said that “it’s been pretty obvious the mutual decision on both sides is to move on” despite the uncertainty about Watson’s availability.

“No. I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out. But we’re ready to move on, I think, on both sides,” Mayfield said, via Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com.

Mayfield was also asked about not being traded away from Cleveland months after the trade for Watson. He said he “got frustrated with it not happening before minicamp and all those things,” but that the team’s approach is out of his control so he will just continue waiting to see what happens.

Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs are the other quarterbacks on the roster in Cleveland and, barring a reversal on the Mayfield front, one of them would be stepping in for Watson if and when he is suspended by the league.

87 responses to “Baker Mayfield on Browns reconciliation: I think both sides ready to move on

  1. Should’ve taken the Jimmy G path. When he got injured, shut it down for the season, don’t put video of you out there playing poorly while playing hurt.

  2. Mayfield has every right to feel betrayed and slighted, and the Brown’s are going to have to be prepared to rely on Brissette to carry the load for now unless there’s someone else out there worth signing. They really screwed this entire thing up royally, and it comes down to their management team. I mean you gave a guy who was facing an unprecedented flurry of lawsuits a guaranteed contract, and you did that BEFORE the resolution of his situation. You couldn’t have messed this up any worse than they did

  3. He is frustrated that nothing has happened on the trade front. Mayfield is still oblivious to the fact that nobody wants him if they have to pay retail. He has been jacked around, no doubt, but he has $18,000,000 plus reasons to swallow his pride. And yet he is still whining because nobody wants him. He seems as though he believes he is not obligated to play because he has his panties in a wad. If the Browns keep him and he won’t play would that not make him in violation of his contract and give the Browns an excuse to not pay him? These self absorbed, entitled athletes are just as bad as the owners in many ways.

  4. Nice bro. Then Void your contract Browns don’t want you either. Oh you won’t? Shut up then and ball

  5. The end of the video has the more interesting quote regarding a reconciliation with Cleveland “…i think for that to happen, there’d have to be some reaching out.”

  6. In other words, the Browns “reaching out” to mend fences AND another $5Mil would go a long way for his services in 2022.

  7. The Browns tell the Cleveland media that “Baker Mayfield is our guy” when asked if they were perusing Watson to turn round only days later to find out they were trying very hard to get Watson. Mayfield was hurt and furious and when Jimmy Haslam flew to Austin Texas to meet with Mayfield, Baker refused to meet with him. Shortly there after The Cleveland Browns mortgaged their future in draft picks and parked the Brinks truck in Watson’s driveway in guaranteed money to secure his services. This is what happens when you anger a multi billionaire owner and that is just the way it went down. Their is no way Baker Mayfield is going to get under center again in a Cleveland Browns uniform and I would not be surprised if Jimmy Haslam “iced out” Mayfield for the season and didn’t play him and didn’t trade him.

  8. The Browns did Mayfield dirty and it doesn’t sound like they are trying to woo him back.

  9. I would like to see Baker show up for training camp in great shape, play well, and be a top 10 QB again. Agree to no Franchise tag, then hit the open market in ’23.

  10. He threw the entire lockeroom under the bus when he said during that ill-conceived interview a while back that he was playing with guys who only cared about their contract. While that might have been true, those words should’ve never come out of his mouth. That, more than anything is the reason he isn’t on another roster imo.

  11. The Bengals were a good 10 win team last year, who won their division by a half game. The playoff run was fun, but it makes them seem better coming into this year than they actually are. Apparently they are buying into the hype themselves. They will have to fight to make it back to the playoffs this year. I see them as an 8-10 win team, basically the same as last year.

  12. He is not helping himself with his comments even if the team didn’t treat him well.

  13. That ship has sailed and the Browns own this. Just like the Jimmy G situation, nobody is going to volunteer to help the Browns and just take over his contract. And if I’m Baker, I’m under no obligation to this wreck of a franchise. They got what they wanted. Deal with it.

  14. I love how people on this site think the Browns did Mayfield dirty. They gave him 4 seasons of opportunities to prove he belonged. He didn’t. Its disingenuous to blame injuries last season, when at best he put together 2 good 1/2 seasons in his first 3 seasons. They told his agents at the combine they expected him to be the guy this season, but if something better came along they would kick the tires on it. They did and he got replaced. He did them dirty by acting like a child when Watsons camp initially said the Browns were out of the running he did what all spoiled childish athletes do–he demanded a trade.

  15. Sounds to me he is leaving the door open. He knows its the best opportunity to showcase what he can do.

  16. The Browns will Browns…it was so stupid to alienate Baker. Now they will have a QB out for a year + and they are going to rely on carrier backups to throw away this year. Stupid.

  17. Start the clock for QB camp injuries (my money is on Carson Wentz)
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    I’m going with Baker Mayfield. Oh, wait…… 😉

  18. I don’t think the Browns could have handled this situation worse if they tried.

  19. As a reader of this site, I’m ready for both sides to part ways since I feel like I’ve been reading about this every other day for the past 3-4 months. The Browns have the talent and can make a playoff run if the pieces fall into place. I could see them doing that with Baker – since they already did it with him 2 seasons ago. But playoff Jacoby just isn’t happening. So that’s a season pretty much down the tubes ultimately self inflicted. Dumb.

  20. Considering the way the Browns have treated Baker Mayfield, it’s probably best to move on. Some team’s QB will get hurt and his phone will eventually be ringing.

  21. how did the Browns do him wrong ? they will end up paying him over 50 mil.. the rest of the teams made it clear they dont think that much of him .. so please stop with poor Baker ..

  22. Browns Miracle: Watson is suspended for a year, Baker is traded without the Browns eating any of the 18 mil, Watson eventually banned for life, and his contract voided. Browns tank this season and get number one draft pick in next year’s much better QB class. Haslam sells team and retires to North Dakota.

  23. Cleveland is coddling a predator and treating a guy who played injured for them like trash. But that is Cleveland.

  24. Way before the Watson deal, the owner literally flew to meet you and you flat out refused to meet up. So to say the Browns were desperate would be a gross understatement. You ARE the dumpster that started this fire. Remember that fellow Browns fans.

  25. Even most of the Browns fans that didn’t much care for him would go back in a heart beat to the promise of having a healthy (if not top 5) QB and all our 1st round picks back over this slow rolling nightmare that Haslam has steered this franchise into. More than the 0-16 ever did this debacle has driven more fans away than they’ll ever get back imo.

  26. The factory of sadness continues despite the poor economy. Cleveland is screwed for at least the next 3 years. Any veteran on the team may want to start looking for other options.

  27. Browns have made their bed and now they need to lay in it. They iced out Baker and signed a predator to a guaranteed $230m contract. Absolutely horrible.

  28. “But we’re ready to move on, I think, on both sides,” Mayfield said. No.
    The immature baby is ready to move on. Notice how says “I think on both sides” so He obviously doesn’t know what the browns think. He is telling us he’s ready to move on. Sorry buddy boy you are under contract. Show up or show the world how big of an immature baby you are while you earn
    Bupkis!

  29. If Watson is suspended for the year then Cleveland should tell Mayfield he is the starting quarterback. If he refuses to play then his guarantee gets voided. If he plays poorly on purpose, he hurts his future and gives Cleveland higher draft picks in the 2023 draft. If he fakes an injury, once the team doctors announce their is no medical reason keeping him from playing he will again alienate his potential, future employers who will have to be worried that he will do the same to them.
    Mayfield has no leverage at all!

  30. I can’t wait for mid season and the Browns have a losing record, Watson is indefinitely suspended, and the Browns are starting backups at QB. It’ll be truly hilarious.

  31. He just needs to stay in Norman helping the new OU coach out while staying in shape. The business side will work its way out. Him showing up in CLE to play for the Browns are slim to none, as it should be.

  32. If I’m Baker, I’m showing up to training camp and “tweaking” my hamstring in the first practice

  33. I don’t understand why folks are trashing Mayfield for these comments. They seem pretty fair and he’s not trashing the Browns, despite having many reasons to do so.

  34. True, Baker threw his team mates under the bus saying they only care about their contracts, and he has angered ownership. However, is there really no hope of a meeting of the minds in all this. Open dialog always has a chance.

  35. The Browns need to make something happen already. If it means eating some of his salary then that’s their problem. They chose to give him the contract they did, they chose to trade for Watson and pay him what they did in spite of his baggage so they need to make a move. They have two choices, either pay some of his salary to make a trade and get something for him or pay all of and get nothing while he sits. What do they have to gain by doing nothing?

  36. You just came make this stuff up! Browns are the worst franchise in the history of professional sports. Watson clearly has personal issues, they knew it, they proceeded anyway. Why not roll with a healthy Baker and see if he returned to his form of 2020? So dumb, just soooo DUMB!!

  37. I’m starting to line up on team Mayfield. We haven’t seen any examples of him behaving badly. Certainly not compared to some of the more famous NFL divas over the years. And certainly not more than the saintly Watson

  38. I love how people on this site think the Browns did Mayfield dirty. They gave him 4 seasons of opportunities to prove he belonged. He didn’t. Its disingenuous to blame injuries last season, when at best he put together 2 good 1/2 seasons in his first 3 seasons.

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    They drafted the guy #1 then saddled him 4 different OC’s in his first few years, and he STILL gets them to the playoffs. Plays the next year severely hurt and they dump him for a pervert.
    The team has done as much as it can to ruin this guy’s career, and he is the one with issues…

  39. Such a strange sequence of events. Baker may not be a top 5 QB, but neither is Watson. You could argue about Watson even being a top 10, even had he been playing the last 2 years. He’s not a generational talent like Mahommes; I can’t imagine a team leveraging not just it’s future but also it’s present for Watson. Even if you don’t like Baker personally, which is what this feels like, just trade him and get another QB. He’s easily worth at least 1 first round pick.

  40. Mayfield is no Desean Watson, but Jacoby Brissett is no Baker Mayfield, either. With Mayfield? Playoff team. With Brissett? 8-8. Tops.

  41. Since there’s a good chance that Mayfield might not find work elsewhere this year. If one of the top QB’s goes down he could find a job as a replacement for what’s left of the year. But that situation might not happen and his effectiveness would be in question.

    Since he’s under contract to the Browns, and Watson likely won’t be paid this year, redo his contract for one year and give him Watson’s annual salary and bonus, about $46 million.

    He might not give it his all, admittedly, but he would be stupid not to take the money and give it his all. A good season puts him in a really good spot in free agency next year. Him pouting shows no one will take him seriously.

  42. Bigugly says:
    June 28, 2022 at 2:10 pm
    You just came make this stuff up! Browns are the worst franchise in the history of professional sports. Watson clearly has personal issues, they knew it, they proceeded anyway. Why not roll with a healthy Baker and see if he returned to his form of 2020? So dumb, just soooo DUMB!!
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    You didn’t watch Baker play. He was surrounded by a SB caliber roster and managed a losing record. He overthrew 5 feet above the head of every receiver, sometimes several plays in a row. He refused to stop playing even though he was injured, which was caused by his own stupidity. He’s not the answer and the Browns (and everyone else) knew it. The Deshaun thing is a whole other issue. Baker is not taking another team to the playoffs.

  43. Even though I think Mayfield is justified in being upset, I think he should play for the Browns. They have a strong roster. If he does well, then he an get a new contract elsewhere.

  44. John Ruane says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Nice bro. Then Void your contract Browns don’t want you either. Oh you won’t? Shut up then and ball

    ______________________________________________. Players can’t void their contracts. The Browns can terminate the contract or Baker can retire.

  45. He’s his own worst enemy. He could easily get the last laugh if just grows up, shuts up, reports on schedule and plays well. He could write his own ticket. Instead, less than a month from training camp, he’s hoping for some convoluted scenario to unfold somewhere that gives him a chance to start and hopes to avoid a pay cut to get there.

    Note to Baker: your “people” are giving you really bad advice.

  46. Mayfield has had 4 years to prove he is a franchise quarterback. He has not and that’s why the Browns moved on. Cleveland’s plan has backfired and Baker has an opportunity to humble himself, go in and compete for his spot with the Browns, and show what he can do. If he plays well next season, some team will pay him handsomely. He needs to get out of his feelings and focus on playing well.

  47. Perhaps a one year 30m contract to Mayfield is the kind of outreach he has in mind.

  48. The Factory of Sadness continues to defy all expectations and produce at a pace and efficiency that makes Detroit look like The Promised Land.

  49. Literally no way the Brown’s could have handled this any worse than they have.

  50. I can understand the Browns wanting Watson over Mayfield, but they couldn’t have handled this worse.

  51. There’s definitely been some revisionist history on how good and how proven Baker Mayfield was even before the injury. The year they went to the playoffs, he played ok on a team with a dominant run game, but there were still a lot of question marks going into the next year. That’s why he wasn’t signed to a Josh Allen-level contract that off-season, and Josh Allen was.

  52. Of course he’d say the part about both sides being ready to move on, but I’m shocked by the “I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out.” That makes it sound like he’d actually consider it if they reached out, made nice and boosted his salary a bit this year.

    As a Browns fan, I was always going to be bummed about not getting to see what Baker could have done if healthy this season in a contract year. With Watson likely gone for the year, I’d love to see this happen. If Baker balls out and proves he could actually be franchise material, you could consider signing him long term and opening a bidding war for Watson as he’s coming off his suspension. If he doesn’t inspire that confidence, you let him walk, collect a compensatory pick and move on.

  53. jarbag says:
    June 28, 2022 at 1:09 pm
    Browns Miracle: Watson is suspended for a year, Baker is traded without the Browns eating any of the 18 mil, Watson eventually banned for life, and his contract voided. Browns tank this season and get number one draft pick in next year’s much better QB class. Haslam sells team and retires to North Dakota.

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    You mean the Texans get the #1 overall pick because it was traded for Watson. Even if his contract gets voided, the trade won’t be reversed and what was given up is gone/won’t be returned.

    That being said, this is prob still a “Browns Miracle”. Only in Cleveland is it the best possible outcome to willingly give the #1 overall pick to another club with nothing in return. Browns are gunna Browns.

  54. BTW lost in all of this, Mayfield played hurt last year….When Baker is healthy is Watson that big of an upgrade? If Mayfield is a 7 when healthy what is Watson? An 8? This decision never made sense to me in the first place. Especially when coupled with the fact that Watson didn’t even play last year, and likely won’t this year either….

  55. The only one talking about a reconciliation is the media.The Browns decided to move on before Mayfield even realized it.

  56. singularitynow says:
    June 28, 2022 at 2:25 pm
    Such a strange sequence of events. Baker may not be a top 5 QB, but neither is Watson. You could argue about Watson even being a top 10, even had he been playing the last 2 years. He’s not a generational talent like Mahommes; I can’t imagine a team leveraging not just it’s future but also it’s present for Watson. Even if you don’t like Baker personally, which is what this feels like, just trade him and get another QB. He’s easily worth at least 1 first round pick.
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    I’m not an off the field fan of Watson, but to say he’s not a generational talent like Mahommes is laughable. Let’s compare Mahommes last season in 17 games to Watson his last season played in 16 games. Watson had a higher completion percentage. Mahommes threw for a while 16 more yards having that extra game. Mahommes had 4 more TD passes and 6 more interceptions. Did I mention Watson did this with his number one receiver (Deandre Hopkins) being traded away before the season started? Watson was selected to three pro bowls in his three years he was the primary starting QB.

  57. He did leave the door cracked open if the Browns reach out. That’s shocking, but would probably be the best solution at this point for both parties.

  58. A couple years back this team hired a private investigator as a scout. Sounded like a very smart move at the time. In today’s NFL background character checks are 75 percent of what a scout is required to report on. It’s the most important aspect of a scouts report. You gotta get the character right more so than the talent because you’ll get a lot more cross checks on the player’s talent because everybody in the building thinks they can do a scouts job when it comes to evaluating talent. Now I’m not sure if this has anything to do with this situation but something’s smells a little fishy.

  59. So, the Browns have to pay him his guaranteed salary. And, if they cut him, they still have to pay him. And if they trade him, they still have to pay him whatever part of his salary the new teams does not cover.
    So, Baker can come to required team activities to ensure he is not fined. And, will get $18,000,000 for sure for the 2022 season.
    Very smart for Baker to not push any solution. Baker has the hammer. The Browns have a loser hand.
    Bad planning on the Brown’s part?

  60. Grow up, play while Watson is on his little massage vacation from the league, put some good play on film, be a free agent next year, and get a bigger contract than Watson. That will show the Browns that they made a mistake. Otherwise take your ball and go home.

  61. “Mayfield said that it’s been pretty obvious the mutual decision on both sides is to move on”???

    Dude, they kicked you to the curb. That’s like the kid who got fired at McDonalds telling me it was a ‘mutual decision’…

  62. azkeith says:
    “Mayfield said that it’s been pretty obvious the mutual decision on both sides is to move on”???

    Dude, they kicked you to the curb. That’s like the kid who got fired at McDonalds telling me it was a ‘mutual decision’…
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    They havent kicked him to the curb. He is still taking a roster spot and getting paid.

  63. The Browns are one of the worst run teams in the league. What a bonehead trade they made for Watson. Baker should hang out at home and make them suffer for their deeds

  64. When I first heard the speculation of Baker playing a 2022 snap for the Browns after the Watson signing, I/most Browns fans dismissed it with prejudice. Maybe it’s Watson fatigue and listening to the same scenarios and “browns are gonna brown” every day once a little more info comes out but I have cracked and now consider it a possibility. In fact, not only will Baker start 17 games for the Browns he will win MVP and get a huge contract in 2023 from the Steelers.

  65. Hold your horsees Mayfield. If Watson gets the boot for a year, your team will need to love you a little longer. You should demand mo money or you will sit out the season. Funny, two huge salaries and no one playing

  66. Personally, I think the Browns have mortgaged their forseeable future and will be irrelavent for the forseeable future. I think their management and Watson deserve each other. I hope that Baker Mayfield lands on a team that appreciates him.

  67. Browns after Watson is suspended: “Hey Baker, about the whole wanting to trade you thing…. Haha, just kidding.”

  68. if baker mayfield wants to turn around the narrative on himself then playing for the browns and putting in a good stint this season might do it.

  69. Clearly no one wants Mayfield at the moment, for 2 reasons, his attitude and a very poor last season! If he is smart (which is hard to see) he would take the opportunity of next season at Browns, to rebuild his reputation and get a fat contract as a free agent after that

  70. Browns could not have played this worse if they tried. Im looking forward to the Factory being in business for a long time.

  71. granadafans says:
    June 29, 2022 at 1:56 am
    Browns after Watson is suspended: “Hey Baker, about the whole wanting to trade you thing…. Haha, just kidding.”
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    Also the Browns: Hey Baker, if you don’t play we will withhold your game check. If you don’t play long enough into the season you won’t get credit for an earned season toward free agency and will still be under contract for the fifth year…in year six.

  72. I might be in the minority on this, but I would not have chosen Watson and his baggage (including the cost to acquire him, and the cost of his new contract) over Mayfield.

  73. Mayfield should take every penny owed to him. He should not return the stadium keys they gave him for those commercials.

    The Browns can stick it.

  74. redright8167 says:
    June 28, 2022 at 12:22 pm
    I would like to see Baker show up for training camp in great shape, play well, and be a top 10 QB again

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    Mayfield was never even a top 20 QB let alone top 10

  75. Christopher Allan says:

    Also the Browns: Hey Baker, if you don’t play we will withhold your game check. If you don’t play long enough into the season you won’t get credit for an earned season toward free agency and will still be under contract for the fifth year…in year six.

    ===================

    What are you talking about? Neither of those things are even remote possibilities. The Browns would get sued, lose, and get fined on top of it.

  76. Browns have a win now roster. They shouldn’t wait for Watson and can’t keep Mayfield. Trade Mayfield to Carolina or Seattle. 18 mil+ is not a lot for a QB of his caliber. Then aquire Garappolo. It’s only another 6 mil, and the Browns have the money. Try to get something for JG after the year, or just release him.

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