NFL insider Ian Rapaport has revealed what he believes will happen when it comes to Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
It’s fair to say that the past few years have been something of a roller coaster for the Cleveland Browns’ #1 pick back in the 2018 draft, although the plummet on this particular roller coaster doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.
The Browns were pretty much the laughing stock of the league before Mayfield arrived, going a combined 1-31 in the two seasons before he arrived, they made an instant improvement as he was able to help guide them to a 7-8-1 record in his first year, and a 6-10 record the next. Not perfect, but still an improvement on what came before.
Then came the 2020 season where everything clicked for them as they put up a 11-5 record, and won their first playoff game since 1994 when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round.
All downhill from there
2021 and 2022 though have been something of a disaster for Mayfield, not only did the Browns put up a record of 8-9, but the trade for Deshaun Watson more or less sealed his fate in Cleveland as it became pretty clear that they were moving on from him.
And judging by his recent actions, it might seem Mayfield as though has moved on from the Browns too as it has been reported that he will not be going on a trip to the Bahamas that Watson has put together for the team’s offence:
What does the future hold?
However according to Rapaport, who was speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, Mayfield isn’t going to be putting up much of a fuss when it comes to his time within the organisation, as he believes that Mayfield will not ‘hold out’ and will report to the Browns’ training camp as normal whilst they can work out an agreement over his future:
With the off-field issues that currently surround Watson at the moment, there is always the chance that Mayfield might end up having to play for the Browns this season anyway, so for him to still be in and around the team is smart.
Better to be as prepared as you can be rather than to have it come as a big surprise and not be 100% ready.