Baker Mayfield sends warning to Browns ahead of Week 1 meeting

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Baker Mayfield sends warning to Browns ahead of Week 1 meeting

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield admits he has the Cleveland Browns game circled on his calendar as he is determined to lead his team to a victory in Week 1. Last week, the Mayfield and Browns tenure officially ended after the Browns traded the quarterback to the Panthers.

In Week 1, the Panthers host the Browns and Mayfield is looking forward to the game as kicking off his Panthers tenure with a victory over the Browns would be a dream start in Carolina. Mayfield had a messy split from the Browns so it shouldn't be a surprise that he has the Week 1 game circled.

"I'm not going to sit here and be a robot and tell you that's not one I've marked on the calendar already," Mayfield said, per the Panthers official website. "One, that's not who I am. To me, it's about winning games.

Whoever we have marked on the schedule, I'm going to try to win."

Mayfield was surprised by the Browns' decision

Mayfield didn't play well this past season but he sustained a shoulder injury early on that clearly impacted him throughout the season.

Still, he didn't expect to see the Browns move on from him after the 2021 season. "It was surprising for everybody," Mayfield said, when asked about how his Browns tenure ended. "Pretty unexpected. But if I'm focused on the past, then I'm not doing my job and being a Carolina Panther now.

Like I said, I'm grateful for my time there. Yeah, shocked is pretty much the only way to describe it, but you roll with the punches and you gotta move forward. This is a test of adversity and how I'm going to handle it and how I can move forward and be the best teammate possible with our new home and I'm looking forward to it."

When the Browns selected Mayfield with the first overall in 2018, they were hoping he would lead them to a Super Bowl victory. Mayfield led the team to a playoff appearance in 2020 and helped the team win their first playoff game in 26 years but that was all.

"Cleveland is a special place," Mayfield said. "There's teammates and friendships and bonds -- we all contributed to that special run [in 2020] and to help turn that around. There's guys, lifelong friendships that I'll have that are very special to me, very near and dear to [my wife] Emily and I that we'll never forget about.

But I'm never a 'me' guy. I'm a team-first 'win' guy. We had a good time there and I'm looking forward to being able to contribute with Carolina now."