Browns’ Baker Mayfield is exempt from mandatory mini camp because disgruntled QB is looking for a new home

Browns’ Baker Mayfield is exempt from mandatory mini camp because disgruntled QB is looking for a new home

Browns’ Baker Mayfield is exempt from mandatory mini camp because disgruntled QB is looking for a new home

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The Cleveland Browns are opening a mini camp next week. While this part of the program is mandatory off-season and subject to penalties if a player decides to skip the program, there are some exceptions. The latest example of this is quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been banned by the team from participating in these practices, as confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson

This mutually agreed-upon absence comes as: Mayfield’s trade request remains unfulfilled. The former No. 1 overall pick asked for a deal that will send him out of Cleveland after the Browns’ blockbuster trade for former Texas signal caller Deshaun Watson. Given that the club is heading in a new direction with Watson at the helm, Mayfield’s presence would likely be more of a distraction for the team as it continues to lay the groundwork for the 2022 regular season. As for the player, it is also highly unlikely he would want to wear a helmet for the team that just replaced him so it makes sense on both sides.

“It is in the mutual interest of both parties to move forward,” Mayfield said in a statement to… ESPN back in March regarding the trade request. “The relationship is too far away to recover. It is in the best interests of both parties to move forward.”

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So far, the Mayfield trading market hasn’t exactly been scalding hot. There are logical attacks – like the Seahawks or Panthers – but nothing has been executed at this stage of the off-season. There were reports that Cleveland had involved Carolina in trade talks over Mayfield during the NFL Draft, but that was with the caveat that the Panthers absorb most of his option for fifth year† Under that option, Mayfield should be fully guaranteed just under $18.9 million for the upcoming season.

Because that number is so high, the Browns would rather trade the quarterback and let another team take a portion of his paycheck rather than release him and pay the bill in full. That’s why Cleveland is said to be not willing to simply cut ties with a release at this time.

There’s also the uncertain future surrounding their new quarterback in Watson, who is now facing 24 allegations of sexual misconduct† While it seems highly unlikely that fences can be restored between Mayfield and the Browns, the club could be in a position where Watson will be unavailable to them for part or all of next season as the NFL continues its investigation into those. accusations and could hand out a hefty suspension. The Browns may be happy with Mayfield until a team is willing to take on a significant portion of its contract while they await the NFL’s decision on Watson. The club also has veteran Jacoby Brissett as a backup quarterback.