Quarterback Baker Mayfield has never been one to hold back his feelings. And even as he waits for the Cleveland Browns to trade him, he’s not stopping.
Mayfield recently appeared on the podcast "Ya Never Know," spending 90 minutes talking to the host about a variety of things, but most notably the Browns. In the episode, which was released Wednesday, Mayfield was candid about how he felt the Browns handled his situation this offseason.
Baker Mayfield on the @ynk_podcast: “I feel disrespected — 100%. Because I was told one thing and they completely did another. That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. I’ve had 4 different head coaches in four years. A bunch of different coordinators." pic.twitter.com/Eok9peq7Vc
"I feel disrespected, 100%, because I was told one thing and they completely did another. That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. And you know what? OK. I got my taste of it because I’ve had four different head coaches in four years, a bunch of different coordinators. I’ve had the highs and they always come back."
The 2021 season was a tough one for the Browns, but for Mayfield especially. The team was beset by injuries, and he played nearly the entire season with a torn labrum. He also battled a number of other injuries while still managing to start 14 out of 17 games. But even though the torn labrum wasn’t in his throwing arm, he wasn’t the same Baker fans had come to expect on the field. By the end of the season, the Browns barely limped to an 8-9 record and had to watch the playoffs from home.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry told the media in January and again in March that he fully expected Mayfield to be the starting quarterback once the 2022 season kicked off. But in the NFL, things change fast. It only took a day for the Browns to acquire Watson after Mayfield requested a trade.
That all happened nearly a month ago, yet Mayfield remains on the roster. He doesn’t know when or where he’ll be traded.
Despite all that, he has no regrets about his four seasons with the Browns.
“I really, truly, honestly have no regrets of my time in Cleveland of what I tried 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 feeling like I did it.”