Rumors started circulating this week across the risk of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield requesting a trade this offseason as a result of of points with head coach Kevin Sefanski.
Well, Mayfield claimed these rumors are false Thursday in a tweet to an area Cleveland reporter who wrote on the rumors.
Clickbait. You and plenty of different Cleveland native media proceed to be drama stirring reporters with no sources or details. Don’t put phrases in my mouth so you possibly can put meals in your desk. I’m not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022
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The rumors actually gained momentum in mid-December after Mayfield stated he is been coping with “inside issues” with the Browns this 12 months that have contributed to some of his on-field points. His feedback in regards to the group weren’t precisely clear.
“It comes down to trying to find an even balance of listening to those opinions around you that truly matter — friends, family, teammates,” Mayfield stated in an interview with NFL Network’s Kurt Warner. “That’s been the tricky part about this year: There’s been a lot of internal things. It hasn’t been just outside noise.”
Stefanski replied to those feedback by saying that he and Mayfield talk virtually day by day. It’s unclear what Mayfield was referring to, and Stefanski hasn’t supplied extra particulars since then.
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#Browns OC Alex Van Pelt does not sense any pressure between Baker Mayfield nd Kevin Stefanski. “I’ve seen zero of that. I do not really feel that in any respect.”
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 6, 2022
Mayfield has been coping with accidents via most of the season, and he’s anticipated to endure left shoulder surgical procedure on Jan. 19 to restore a torn labrum. He will sit out the Browns’ last recreation of the season towards the Bengals on Sunday. The Browns have already been eradicated from the playoffs.
Mayfield’s rookie contract, signed in 2018, was a 4 12 months, $32,682,980 deal, according to Spotrac. In the contract, a fifth-year possibility was out there, and the Browns selected to make use of this feature in April after Mayfield’s playoff run within the 2020-21 season. The deal in 2022 will probably be for $18.9 million.
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Mayfield might nonetheless be lower or traded this offseason, regardless of him calling the trade rumors “clickbait.” Ultimately, it is as much as the Browns whether or not they need to hold the quarterback.