- Baker Mayfield publicly requests trade out of Cleveland because he’s angry the Browns pursued Deshaun Watson.
- The Browns immediately denied Mayfield’s trade request.
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Things are starting to get messy in Cleveland.
On Thursday afternoon, the Browns revealed that they planned to bring Mayfield back as their starting QB next season after missing out on landing Deshaun Watson, who they met with this week about a potential trade.
The #Browns have been informed they’re out of the running for Deshaun Watson, a source says. The team still views Baker Mayfield as their quarterback going forward. They told Mayfield’s agents at the Combine they’d only explore top-tier QBs such as Watson.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2022
Hours after the Browns lost out on the Watson sweepstakes, it was reported that Mayfield had requested a trade out of Cleveland because he was angry at the team’s pursuit of Watson.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield has requested a trade, per sources.
Cleveland has been hoping to move forward after its Deshaun Watson pursuit and offered to fly to Texas to meet with Mayfield. But from the QB’s perspective, the bridge is burned and it’s time to move on now.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2022
Baker Mayfield just told ESPN: “It’s in the mutual interest of both sides for us to move on. The relationship is too far fine to mend. It’s in the best interests of both sides to move on.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2022
QB Baker Mayfield and his agency made the decision to ask for permission for a trade after the Browns pursuit of Watson became public.
They did not want their request to be made public until they told the team in a meeting, per source
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 17, 2022
The Browns immediately shut down Mayfield’s trade request, and we now have a standoff.
Browns have told Baker Mayfield’s camp they are "not accommodating his request,” per source.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 17, 2022