Quarterback Baker Mayfield posted a message on his social media which appeared to be a farewell to the city of Cleveland and Browns fans. Mayfield, the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL draft, entered the free agency with an uncertain future as the Browns met with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson at the start of free agency.
"With many uncertainties, here is where my head and heart is," Mayfield wrote. "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.
This is not a message with hidden meaning. This is strictly to thank the city of Cleveland for embracing my family and me. We have made many memories and shared growing in this process through all the ups and downs. "I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process.
I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God's plan throughout this process. I have given this franchise everything I have. That is something I've always done at every stage, and at every level. And that will not change wherever I take my next snap.
Whatever happens ... 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.
Mayfield had a rough 2021 season
The Browns went a disappointing 8-9 last season and Mayfield received the most criticism after the Browns failed to reach the postseason.
In late December, Mayfield's wife Emily took to social media, where he slammed Browns fans that were sending "death threats" to their family. "It's hard for me to say not to listen to it because I have quite a bit of experience of hearing a lot of opinions on the outside coming in.
It's hard when it comes down to somebody that you love and you care about," Mayfield said when addressing his wife's comments. "She's not able to change any of the outcomes to the game at all. It's just one of those things that we are just in a world today and society that there are a lot of keyboard warriors who make empty threats and things like that, which it is quite honestly ignorant when they go after people who are not directly involved in football.
"When you talk about taking your own life, killing somebody or all of that, that to me is ignorance, but I try not to listen to it because those are not the people who I would listen to whether it was good or bad regardless."