Baker Mayfield may find himself on the outside looking in when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback released a statement Tuesday night on Twitter regarding his uncertainty with the franchise amid reports that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was meeting with the Browns to discuss a potential trade.
“The past 4 years have been nothing short of truly life changing since I heard my name called in the draft to go to Cleveland. This is not a message with hidden meaning. This is strictly to thank the city of Cleveland for embracing my family and me. We have made many memories and shared growing in this process through all the ups and downs. I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process. I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God’s plan throughout this process.
“I have given the franchise everything I have. That is something I’ve always done at every stage, and at every level. And that will not change wherever I take my next snap. Whatever happens.. I just want to say thank you to the fans who truly embraced who I am and the mentality that aligned so well with this city’s hard working people.
“Cleveland will always be a part of Emily and my story. And we will always be thankful for the impact it has had and will have in our lives.”
Should Mayfield leave Cleveland, what is next for him going forward? Well, it appears he knows exactly where he wants to go.
According to Pro Football Network insider Tony Pauline, Browns’ general manager Andrew Berry has promised to work with Mayfield to help him find the landing spot of his choosing. And according to Pauline, the Indianapolis Colts are that preferred landing spot.
The former No. 1 overall pick underwent shoulder surgery after missing the final game of the Browns’ 8-9 season.
Mayfield burst upon the scene after being drafted in 2018 and threw a then-NFL rookie record 27 touchdown passes for the Browns. In 2020, Mayfield and the Browns produced a winning season, playoff berth, and a playoff victory. The expectations only got bigger for 2021, but things went terribly wrong.
Time will tell if the Mayfield era has ended with the Browns.