After trading for Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns reportedly have no plans to pay Baker Mayfield the 18 million he is due for the 2022 season.
After picking up Mayfield’s fifth-year option, the Browns owe the former No. 1 overall pick $18 million for the upcoming campaign. However, according to a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, they don’t want to pay it.
“The Cleveland Browns do not want to take on that contract. I don’t know the number they’re willing to go to … they want nothing to do with that deal. If you want Baker Mayfield, you’re going to pay that money. Cleveland’s not going to try to split it up with you,” Russini said on The Ryen Russillo Podcast.
It appears the stumbling block for any trade is the Browns refusal to pay any part of his contract for the upcoming season. After acquiring Watson in a block buster trade and signing him to a massive five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million deal, the Browns have lost leverage in trade talks. Clearly, the Browns should have traded Mayfield before the trade for Watson. For now, it appears no team is interested in picking up Mayfield’s contract and trade talks seem to be at a standstill. If the Browns want to move on from Mayfield, they are going to have to pay a large potion of his salary. So far, that’s not on the table.
During a recent appearance on the “Ya Neva Know” podcast, Mayfield was asked if he feels the Browns’ front office has been disrespectful to him. He did not mince words.
“I feel disrespected, 100 percent. Because I was told one thing and they completely did another,” Mayfield said. “That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. I got my taste of it because I’ve had four different head coaches in four years, a bunch of different coordinators. … I had great times my rookie year. I didn’t start in the beginning. I came in and got to have fun in the back half of the year. 2019 sucked. 2020 was great, made the playoffs. 2021 was miserable. I’m just looking for stabilization right now.”
Mayfield is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder that was performed in January with a recovery time frame of 4-6 months.
Given the way this situation played out, it seems pretty unlikely he is willing to take a pay cut to remain with the Browns. So, for now, he remains on the roster and will count count heavily against the cap if he remains….which doesn’t seem likely at this point.Browns Want “Nothing To Do” With Baker Mayfield’s Contract Click To Tweet