Quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned Tuesday that he and the Cleveland Browns are prepared to take separate ways for the 2022 season of the NFL.
“We are ready to move forward on both sides. It is quite obvious that the mutual decision is go ahead each in his way”, explained Mayfield, who had asked to leave the team before the Browns hired Deshaun Watson.
Cleveland signed Watson.
with a contract of $230 million for five years, a situation that Mayfield took as a warning that he would take second place in the team, so he began to explore possibilities to emigrate.
But will Deshaun Watson be able to play the 2022 season?
The problem for the Browns is that They don’t know if they can count on Deshaun Watson for the 2022 season due to the accusations that he faces for sexual misconduct that led to a disciplinary hearing that will resolve the future of the passer.
The automatic option for coach Kevin Stefanski’s team to have a top-tier quarterback was to convince Mayfield to stay for his fifth season, something the Austin, Texas-born, practically ruled out.
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“The decision on both sides is to move on. I am grateful for my four years in Cleveland. There are many ups and downs and a lot of learning experiences., I am thankful for that. There is no hard feelings toward the city of Cleveland in any way.”
Given this scenario, the general manager of the Browns, Andrew Berry, has spoken with several teams during the offseason, including the Carolina Pantherslooking to get it exchanged, but has been unsuccessful.
Mayfield is calm despite having an uncertain future
Without knowing which team he will play for in the 2022 season, Mayfield acknowledged that although he initially felt frustrated today is calmer.
“I think I got frustrated that things didn’t happen before the first practices of the offseason, but those things are out of my control, now I let things happen and fall into place”, he stressed.
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In the event Watson receives a lengthy ban and Mayfield maintains his no-follow stance, the Browns have former Dolphins player, Jacoby Brissetteand Josh Dobbs, who was in 2021 with the Steelers, as options for the quarterback position.
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Baker Mayfield closes the door on the Browns: there will be no fix