Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield speaks on the organization: ‘I feel disrespected’

‘I was told one thing and they completely did another,’ he said.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after a 1-yard touchdown pass to...
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)(AP)
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 2:48 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Baker Mayfield spoke out on the Cleveland Browns on April 13 during his appearance on the Ya Neva’ Know podcast hosted by Mike Stud, saying he felt disrespected by the way the Browns handled his situation throughout this offseason.

The organization traded for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson March 20 and gave him a fully-guaranteed $230 million contract extension, despite previous reports from Browns general manager Andrew Berry in January which stated the team “fully expected” to keep the Heisman winner as the starter once he completed his recovery from a shoulder injury suffered early in the 2021-22 NFL season.

Mayfield penned an open letter to Browns fans March 15 after news broke of the Browns visiting Watson in Houston and five days before the trade was made official, saying he and his family will “always be thankful” for the impact the city had on their lives.

While the former No. 1 pick said he had no regrets during his time under center for the organization, he said that he felt disrespected by the organization.

“I feel disrespected 100%,” Mayfield said during his appearance on the podcast. “I was told one thing and they completely did another.”

Mayfield also said the injury to his left shoulder, which was sustained during an attempted tackle after throwing an interception in the second quarter during the Browns’ 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans, was one of the biggest battles he dealt with in his career, saying he “started to lose confidence” when he wasn’t performing as well as he wanted to after injuring his shoulder.

Mayfield wore a harness on his non-throwing shoulder for the duration of the season after the injury.

The Oklahoma product also said he was “caught up” in negativity stemming from a tumultuous 2021 season, which included the Browns releasing former All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Mayfield said he was looking forward to the next steps in his career regardless of where he lands, which included a statement that he would have played for the Indianapolis Colts had the team not traded for Atlanta Falcons QB and 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan.

Mayfield completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,125 yards and threw 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions in his time in Cleveland.

Mayfield also led the Browns in 2020 to an 11-5 record and its first playoff berth in over 20 years, which they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round prior to losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.

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