Maggie & Perloff: Any chance of Browns fixing relationship with Baker Mayfield?


While the Cleveland Browns await information about Deshaun Watson's future -- he's facing a potentially lengthy suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy -- the franchise could attempt to repair a fractured relationship with Baker Mayfield, who's yet to be packaged in a trade this offseason. But a reconciliation won't be set up by the fourth-year quarterback, as Mayfield told reporters on Tuesday that he's already moved on, and the Browns would need to start mending fences. In Mayfield's own words, "We're ready to move on."

Mayfield's 2021 campaign was a nightmare. For three-plus months, he played with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, and he underwent surgery to repair the injury, back in January. Due to the nagging issues with his shoulder, knee, and foot, the 27-year-old threw for just 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns, 13 picks, and a career-low 35.1 QBR in 14 games. Cleveland exercised its fifth-year option on Mayfield last spring, and he's set to earn $18.8 million in 2022.

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"You just had 12 spring practices and mandatory minicamp. And if you're really thinking that Baker could compete for your starting job, wouldn't you want him in there for that kind of stuff?" Maggie Gray said during Maggie and Perloff on Tuesday. "If Baker Mayfield plays and then he's really good, you wouldn't have to worry about it. Because even if Baker played for the Browns and was good, if Deshaun's available for the next year, you're obviously going to go with that. Maybe Baker just doesn't play next year. Can he be a backup? Can he?"

"I focused more on the fact that Baker said, 'We're ready to move on' twice -- it's over," Perloff said. "He's either going to be released and then go to Seattle or Carolina or they're going to trade him. I guess they're trying to make a trade for something... It's not a great roster. It's an okay roster that'd be really good with Watson. Even with Baker there, there's so much momentum lost with this franchise. Also, the AFC is loaded this year -- they aren't going anywhere with Baker. That's why I do think they want a clean split. Just waiting for Deshaun."

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on Mayfield's future and the Browns can be accessed in the audio player above (begins at 4:00 p.m. ET mark).

You can follow the Maggie and Perloff Show on Twitter @MaggieandPerl and Tom Hanslin @TomHanslin.