Baker Mayfield says he feels “not respected” by the Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield has channeled the spirit of these Rodney Dangerfield one-liners about getting no respect.

Appears on “Ya Neva Know: You Know What I Mean?” podcast, Mayfield made it clear that he does not appreciate the way the Browns handled their business with him this offseason.

The franchise switched to quarterback Deshaun Watson on March 18 and is officially expected to move on from Mayfield this offseason.

The Watson deal was executed despite general manager Andrew Berry publicly stating on January 11 and March 1 that he “fully” expected Mayfield to be the starting quarterback for the Browns next season.

“I do not feel 100% respected because I was told one thing and they did another thing,” Mayfield said during an hour and a half of the podcast released Wednesday. “That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. And you know what? OK. I got my taste for it because I’ve had four different head coaches in four years, a bunch of different coordinators. I’ve had heights, and they’re coming. always back. “

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Berry met with Mayfield’s agent in early March at the NFL scouting combination in Indianapolis and repeated what he had said publicly about expecting Mayfield to start for the Browns in 2022, a person familiar with the conversation said. to USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation. Berry also explained that he would perform due diligence on other quarterbacks.

However, Berry did not tell Mayfield’s camp that the Browns would meet with Watson on March 15 in Houston. Mayfield learned the news through the media.

Berry admitted on March 29 at NFL owners’ meetings that he had a regret about falling short with his communications.

“We were quite open to Baker and his camp in terms of how we viewed the position,” Berry said during owner meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. “I will keep these conversations private for obvious reasons. Honestly, if there is one thing I would regret or return [and do] differently, when he had been told that we were one of the teams that Deshaun wanted to meet with, late that Monday night, we set up the visit. I had made a call to Baker’s representation the following morning. The news came out before I was able to make that call.

“You always hate situations like that because it kind of gives a look – it’s never the way you want someone to find out about that situation. It’s the one thing I wish I had done a little differently. .But overall, we had been pretty honest about where we stood in the quarterback position, since very early in the offseason.

While Berry, coach Kevin Stefanski and owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam flew back from their meeting with Watson, Mayfield posted what could be read as a farewell letter to Cleveland, on social media. Two days later, Mayfield formally requested a trade. The next day, the Browns agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans for Watson, who received a record-breaking contract from the Browns for five years and $ 230 million fully guaranteed.

Mayfield also took exception to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who said on the air on March 16 that he was told the Browns wanted “what they consider an adult” as a quarterback. Jimmy Haslam said on March 25 that Mayfield believed the comment did not come from Brown’s ownership.

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Mayfield stressed on the podcast that he is ready for his next opportunity. The Browns have yet to find a trading partner willing to pay the $ 18.858 million guaranteed Mayfield owes next season on its fifth-year option, so they will likely have to eat part of the salary to ease a deal.

“I’m not nervous,” Mayfield said. “I have no idea where I’m going, but I’m not nervous. I’ve been through a lot (expletive) the last few years, but now I want to check what I can control. I want to try to influence as many people as I possibly can and work to make it happen. “

Mayfield admitted that at one point he thought he would land with the Indianapolis Colts, who instead traded with the Atlanta Falcons for quarterback Matt Ryan on March 21st.

Mayfield, 26, also hovered the idea of ​​joining the Seattle Seahawks.

“If this had been about a week and a half ago, I would have said Indianapolis,” Mayfield said. “Seattle? I mean, that would probably be the most likely option. But even then, I have no idea.”

The Seahawks have Drew Lock at the top of their quarterback depth chart after trading Russell Wilson for the Denver Broncos last month and have hired Alonzo Highsmith as their senior executive adviser to GM. Highsmith was Brown’s vice president of player staff when former GM John Dorsey met former Heisman Trophy winner Mayfield for the first time in 2018 from the University of Oklahoma, where QB said he had more fun than Cleveland.

“When you get the money involved in the NFL, it’s a snake-like (outspoken) business,” Mayfield added on the podcast. “It is, and there is no way around it. It was probably the most eye-opening when I first came into the league. You have to find people you can trust, but you can not trust everyone. Fortunately, I had some good mentors. (Formerly Brown’s backup quarterback) Drew Stanton virkelig really opened my eyes. If I went into it without him, I would have been extremely naive. “

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Berry stressed at the owners’ meetings that he does not feel any pressure to rush into a “suboptimal” opportunity to trade with Mayfield. Maybe an opportunity presents itself around or during the NFL draft on the 28th-30th. April.

The Browns begin their volunteer offseason training program on Tuesday. Stefanski and Jimmy Haslam have said they expect Watson to be present at the start of the program.

If the Browns were to hang on to Mayfield for a while, he would not be contractually required to report to the team’s headquarters before the mandatory minicamp 14-16. June. In the event that Mayfield was still a member of the Browns, who could theoretically wait for a preseason quarterback injury to create a swap opportunity, he would attend minicamp and training camp beginning in late July to avoid fines and any contractual issues , a person familiar with the situation told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the quarterback’s plans.

Berry hopes to avoid releasing Mayfield because the Browns would be on the hook for his full salary.

Somehow, Brown wants the “closure” of the Mayfield era, as Stefanski said at the owners’ meetings.

The Browns signed quarterback Jacoby Brissett as a backup for Watson, who faces a potential NFL suspension stemming from 24 women accusing the three-time Pro Bowl pick of sexual misconduct or sexual assault under massage deals. The team also agreed a deal with Josh Dobbs as their third-string QB.

Mayfield is also eager to close its Cleveland chapter.

When one of the podcast’s co-hosts explained that he had become a Browns fan because of Mayfield, the quarterback said, “You may not need to do that anymore. In fact, you do not. You do not need that anymore.”

Baker Mayfield says he let criticism bother him last season and would love to buhe fans at their jobs

Mayfield, as a starter for the Browns the last four seasons, helped them reach the playoffs in 2020 and conquer their first postseason victory since January 1, 1995 with a 48-37 wildcard victory in Pittsburgh. Then he fought mightily last year in an injury-plagued season.

“I really, really honestly do not regret my time in Cleveland what I was trying to give that place,” Mayfield said. “True Clevelanders and true Browns fans know that, and that’s why I can walk away from the whole situation and feel like I did.

“I had great times my rookie year. I did not start in the beginning. I came in and had fun in the back half of the year. 2019 miserable. 2020 was amazing – reached the playoffs. 2021 was miserable. It’s like [a roller coaster]. I’m just looking for stabilization right now. I know what I need to do to be the best version of myself and be able to lead an organization. I’m in a good place right now. I have no idea where I’m going. “

Mayfield has thrown this offseason after undergoing surgery on Jan. 19 on the completely torn labrum he sustained in his left, non-throwing shoulder in Week 2 against the Texans. The shoulder became more problematic when Mayfield suffered a broken humerus in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“One thing after another – mentally tough,” Mayfield said. “I tried to be tough and fight my way through it, but physically I was not so able to do what I usually do. When I did not perform on the field, that was when it really started to go downhill. It was when I started losing my own self-esteem and just losing myself.

“The last year was hard. It was hard for me, my family. It was sad because I knew what I could do, but I was physically unable to do it. And so because [of what I endured] physically it was mental. It was all one thing after another. ”

Mayfield completed 60.5% of his passes last season in 3,010 yards and 17 touchdowns with 13 interceptions to a rating of 83.1, getting 6-8 as a starter.

The Browns went 8-9 and missed the playoffs despite going into the season with Super Bowl expectations.

The criticism Mayfield received for his performance presented challenges. He said taking a break from social media during part of this low season was “the best thing in the world” because he realized he had “paid so much attention to things that really don’t matter” in the past .

In November, fans buzzed to Mayfield at FirstEnergy Stadium during a 13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 11. Mayfield skipped his press conference after the game afterwards.

“When people are so critical of it,” Mayfield said, “I would love to show up in someone’s cubicle and just bow (pronounced) out of them and watch them crumble.

“I would be lying to you if I did not say I was caught up in all the negative and stuff like that over the last year.”

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal: Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns: ‘I Feel 100% Disrespectful’

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