Rumors began to circulate this week about the possibility of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield requesting a trade this offseason due to problems with head coach Kevin Sefanski.
Well, Mayfield claimed these rumors are false Thursday in a tweet to a local Cleveland reporter who wrote about the rumors.
Clickbait. You and many other local Cleveland outlets continue to be dramatic reporters without sources or facts. Don’t put words in my mouth so you can put food on your table. I am not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s
– Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022
The rumors really picked up steam in mid-December after Mayfield said he has been dealing with “inside things” with the Browns this year that have contributed to some of their problems on the field. His comments about the team were not entirely clear.
“It all comes down to trying to find a fair balance by listening to the opinions around you that really matter – friends, family, teammates,” Mayfield said. in an interview with NFL Network’s Kurt Warner. “That has been the difficult part of this year: there have been a lot of internal things. It wasn’t just outside noise. “
Stefanski responded to these comments by saying that he and Mayfield communicate almost every day. It is unclear what Mayfield was referring to and Stefanski has not offered further details since then.
#Brown OC Alex Van Pelt doesn’t feel any tension between Baker Mayfield and Kevin Stefanski. “I haven’t seen any of that. I don’t feel that at all.”
– Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 6, 2022
Mayfield has been dealing with injuries for most of the season and is expected to undergo surgery on his left shoulder on January 19 to repair a torn labrum. He will not play the Browns’ last game of the season against the Bengals on Sunday. The Browns have already been eliminated from the playoffs.
Mayfield’s rookie contract, signed in 2018, was a four-year, $ 32,682,980 contract. according to Spotrac. In the contract, a fifth-year option was available, and the Browns opted to use this option in April after Mayfield’s playoff run in the 2020-21 season. The deal in 2022 will be for $ 18.9 million.
Mayfield could still be cut or traded this offseason, despite calling the trade rumors “click bait.” Ultimately, it’s up to the Browns if they want to keep the quarterback.