Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made it clear the Browns wanting an "adult at quarterback" did not come from the team's ownership. Before the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported the Browns would move on from Mayfield because they want an "adult at quarterback."
“I believe they’re breaking up, regardless of whether or not Deshaun Watson ends up in Cleveland,” Mortensen said. “The one thing I was told is that it’s just not a match emotionally. Whereas Baker Mayfield’s passion and emotional leadership was embraced at Oklahoma, and even in the beginning with the Browns, things have changed and they want what they consider ‘an adult’ at that position and that Baker Mayfield probably is going to be moved”.
Haslam: We respect Mayfield
“We think highly of Baker [Mayfield] and did not get down on him,” Haslam said. “I know there’s a statement that we needed an adult in the room and Baker felt that came from ownership.
That’s not true. Nobody can question the 4 years he gave. … We wish him nothing but the best of luck”. Meanwhile, Mayfield's days in Cleveland are over as the Browns have a new starting quarterback in Watson.
Just days before the Browns acquired Watson, Mayfield penned a farewell to Cleveland. "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."