Moments after the Browns traded quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Panthers on Wednesday, the franchise’s leadership thanked him for his service with the team.
Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a statement that Mayfield gave his all to the organization, adding that he brought a “competitive spirit” and excitement to the fanbase.
“[Mayfield] accomplished things that no player at his position had done in Cleveland for a very long time,” the Haslams said in a statement. “We are grateful for everything he did for this organization.”
Once fans read the statements, they jumped in the replies and blasted the ownership.
Mayfield led Cleveland to its first playoff appearance since 2002 in the 2020 season. He also led them to a win over the Steelers in the Wild card round. However, in the 2021 campaign, his production plummeted after a shoulder injury he received surgery on following the season.
Mayfield was the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He started 59 of his 60 games and completed 1,185 of 1,924 passes for 14,125 yards with 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.
He ranks third in the Browns’ history in passing yards, fourth in touchdown passes, and is the only player in Browns history to throw for 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
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