Baker Mayfield is done with the Cleveland Browns.
After a rocky year that saw numerous players on the roster take very public stances against the starting quarterback, front office execs decided it was time to move on.
This past week, the Browns made a serious push to acquire Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans.
Houston has zero interest in taking Mayfield back should the trade go through, but the writing is on the wall – the former Oklahoma standout will not be playing in Cleveland come next season.
“Baker Mayfield won’t be headed back home to Texas as part of the trade offer for Deshaun Watson, but he could be dealt even if the trade doesn’t happen,” reported Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
“A league source tells cleveland.com that the Texans want picks and not players, which is a major reason Mayfield isn’t part of the Browns’ package. The Texans are also prepared to start Davis Mills, their 2021 third round pick out of Stanford, again next season.”
Mayfield sees the end is nigh as well. On Tuesday, he published a goodbye to Browns fans on Twitter.
“The past 4 years have been nothing short of truly life changing since I heard my name called in the draft to go to Cleveland,” he wrote.
“I have given this franchise everything I have. That is something I’ve always done at every stage, and at every level. … I just want to say thank you to the fans who truly embraced who I am and the mentality that aligned so well with this city’s hard working people.”
According to Pro Football Network insider Tony Pauline, Mayfield currently has one preferred trade destination: the Indianapolis Colts.
“Browns’ general manager Andrew Berry has promised to work with Mayfield’s team and send him to a place of his choosing — if at all possible,” he reported.
“If Mayfield had his choice, that place would be Indianapolis to play for the Colts, another team on the cusp of getting into the playoffs.”
Following Indy’s botched Carson Wentz experience this past year, the team has a big hole at quarterback that needs addressing. Jimmy Garoppolo was viewed as a legit option at one point, but his value seems to have cratered over the last few days.
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Mayfield, for all his troubles, could be a decent stopgap until the Colts settle on a long-term solution.
One way or another, regardless of how his wife feels about it, Mayfield is on his way out of Cleveland.
Where will he end up next? Time will tell.