Former No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield admitted he feels "disrespected" by the Cleveland Browns and he is prepared for the inevitable departure from the team. At the start of free agency, the Browns made a hard push for Deshaun Watson.
After Watson picked the Browns as his next team, the Browns and the Houston Texans agreed on a trade. The Mayfield era in Cleveland was over the moment the Browns traded for Watson but the Browns haven't yet found a trade partner for the former No.
1 pick. "I feel disrespected," Mayfield said on the Ya Never Know podcast, per CBS Sports "A hundred percent. Because I was told one thing, and they completely did another. That's what I'm in the middle of right now.
... I'm just looking for stabilization right now."
Mayfield has no regrets over his time in Cleveland
When Mayfield was drafted, the Browns were the laughingstock of the NFL. In 2020, Mayfield led the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002.
"I really, truly, honestly have no regrets of my time in Cleveland of what I tried to give to that place," he said. "And true Clevelanders and true Browns fans know that. And that's why I can walk away from the whole situation feeling like: I did it."
Even before the Browns acquired Watson, Mayfield penned a goodbye 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."