Baker Mayfield’s time in Cleveland came to a sudden and ugly end this offseason. Unsurprisingly, he’s not happy with how it all turned out.
The previously silent Mayfield recently spoke on the Ya Neva Know podcast and made no secret of his displeasure with the Browns’ decision to replace him with Deshaun Watson.
“I feel disrespected,” Mayfield said. “One hundred percent because I was told one thing and they completely did another. That’s what I’m doing right now. I got my taste because I had four different head coaches in four years, a bunch of different coordinators.
“Talk about the highs? They always come back. They always come back. But I had a good time my rookie year. I didn’t start at the start. 2019 sucked. 2020 was great, made the playoffs. 2021 was miserable.
As he alluded to, Mayfield’s time with the Browns was very tumultuous. The first pick in the 2018 draft saw his first NFL action in week three of his freshman season, replacing an injured Tyrod Taylor and leading the Browns to their first win in more than a calendar year. The future looked bright for Cleveland and Mayfield, and after the 2019 season ended in a huge disappointment, the quarterback ended up handing the Browns both their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season and their first win. in the playoffs since the 1994 season.
The following year ended up being his undoing. Mayfield suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2 and attempted to play through pain, with his performance suffering. Once considered a Super Bowl contender, the Browns finished 8-9 and out of the playoffs, and Mayfield has been described as both a scapegoat and a huge question mark for the team going from strength to strength. before.
As Mayfield struggled, disgruntled Browns fans and NFL followers didn’t hold back their criticism, frustrating the quarterback who had the potential to be Cleveland’s football savior a year earlier.
Mayfield did not appreciate the negativity.
“I would love to walk into someone’s office and boo them,” Mayfield said. “Watch them fall apart.”
At the end of another disappointing campaign, Cleveland was weighing their options and looking for a replacement for Mayfield. When the Browns landed Watson in a blockbuster deal with the Houston Texans, the bridge between the team and Mayfield had already been severed.
Mayfield asked for a trade while the Browns were still courting Watson. At this point, he’s still on Cleveland’s roster with no destination in sight, saying during his podcast appearance, “I’m just looking for stabilization right now.”
“I know what I have to do to be the best version of myself and be able to lead an organization,” Mayfield said. “I’m in a good place right now. I have no idea where I’m going.”
Mayfield didn’t have much stability during his time in Cleveland, playing for four different head coaches and offensive coordinators in four seasons. He had the same head coach for each of his last two campaigns (Kevin Stefanski), but produced very different results over that time.
He hopes to find such stability with his next team, which remains undetermined, especially after the Colts traded for Matt Ryan.
“It would have been a week and a half ago, I would have said Indianapolis,” Mayfield said, adding that Seattle was “probably the most likely option.”
“Even then, no idea,” the QB continued. “I’m ready for the next chapter, the next opportunity because the only one guaranteed to me with the next spot is one year. I still have one year of contract guaranteed. I have one year wherever I go, and that’s my next interview that’s something to put on my resume for the next job whether it’s I play that year wherever it is and they extend me longer or whether it’s that year and I’m stuck somewhere else. I know I’ve got a year to do everything I can. It’s not an extra pressure. It’s just that… I’ve been here before.