As much as NFL players like to say they don’t really pay attention to what’s going on with other players and teams, it would be pretty hard for anyone in the league right now to ignore all the drama that’s unfolded between Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
That’s especially true for players residing in the AFC North, like Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
During his appearance on the Full Send Podcast, Burrow was asked about his thoughts regarding the whole Mayfield-Browns situation. And while he didn’t flat-out say he’s happy to see Baker leave the division, he didn’t seem to mind it, either:
““That’s a tough situation. You know, He was hurt all last year. Every time we play him, he balls. First time we played him, Thursday night, Week 2 of my rookie year. We lost like 34-30, or something. He balled. The next time we played them, I throw for 400 yards. And he goes like 25-for-28 with five touchdowns. Goes on a two-minute drive, touchdown. They won the game. I haven’t beat the Browns yet.”
So why does Burrow think the Browns opted to move on from Mayfield in favor of Watson?
“I think when you have a guy like Deshaun (Watson), you gotta take a chance on that. He’s such a great player. But Baker will land on his feet. He’s a really good player.”
Here’s a clip from the interview:
Did you realize that Joe Burrow hadn’t beaten the Browns yet before seeing this interview? Because I didn’t.
And you can bet your behind that Baker will be smiling from ear to ear, should Burrow break through and secure a “W” in his first meeting with Cleveland during the post-Baker Mayfield era.