Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield has ignited what was already expected to be an emotionally charged Week 1 game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns.
According to Bills sideline reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield had some choice words for the team that drafted him after they traded him away and replaced him with Deshaun Watson.
“I’m going to (expletive) them up,” Mayfield said of the Browns, according to what Frelund said on a podcast.
“I walked up to him and said, ‘I’m so excited to see you, like, go kick some butt,’ I didn’t say that word,” Frelund said with a laugh. “… Go kick some butt, especially Week 1, I like cannot wait. And he uses some expletives and I was like, ‘I just hope you’re like ready.’ He was like, ’I’m gonna bleep them up.”
All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett was asked about his former QB’s comments and delivered a bold statement of his own.
“We’ll take it and we’ll use it, and I’m hoping for a great matchup,” Garrett said, per Cleveland insider Mary Kay Cabot. “I don’t think any less of him because he’s going out there and doing the same thing he did when he was with us. He’s the same guy personally, and maybe we’ll see a different Baker when we get on the field. Who knows?”
Mayfield and Garrett were teammates for four full seasons in Cleveland.
Mayfield has been known to make some inflammatory comments and it’s no secret the team’s decision to pursue and trade for Deshaun Watson didn’t sit well with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018.
Mayfield has been careful in choosing his words when talking about the Browns since his arrival in Carolina.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of attachment there,’’ Mayfield said last week after being selected as the Panthers’ Week 1 starter. “I’m not going to sit here and be a robot and say it doesn’t mean anything. It will.’’