After months of trying, the Cleveland Browns finally sent Baker Mayfield packing when they shipped him to the Carolina Panthers for a low draft pick.
Now that he is gone, it’s time to jump on his grave even more.
A report by Jason Lloyd of The Athletic has detailed some of the incidents involving Mayfield off the field.
The locker room in Cleveland was divided because of Mayfield’s behavior.
“Mayfield was widely viewed as childish and immature,” Lloyd wrote. “His behavior annoyed teammates and divided the locker room. He was often difficult to coach.”
Lloyd talked specifically about the problems between him and head coach Kevin Stefanski.
“Mayfield and Stefanski were terrific dance partners in 2020, guiding the Browns to the postseason and the team’s only playoff win of the new era,” wrote Lloyd. “Stefanski spent their first season together trying hard to get Mayfield comfortable early in games with simple pitch-and-catch routes before getting more aggressive as the game progressed. It worked well for a while, but the relationship soured like so many others involving Mayfield.
“By the time it was over, there was a lack of trust on both sides. Mayfield was annoyed Stefanski missed a meeting the day after the Browns were thrashed by the Patriots and thought the play-caller should attend every session. Stefanski was absent because he was meeting instead with Myles Garrett, according to a source, after Garrett lashed out to the media postgame over the coaching staff’s lack of adjustments at New England.
“In one of those ‘careful what you wish for’ moments, Stefanski never missed another meeting and privately shined a glaring spotlight on his quarterback during film sessions from that day forward.”
When the University of Oklahoma product came to Cleveland by virtue of the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, there was hope he could change the course of a proverbial losing franchise.
Mayfield threw for a then-NFL rookie record 27 touchdown passes and finished second in the Offensive Rookie of the Year running. Cleveland then traded for Odell Beckham Jr. and talks of the Super Bowl came up.
Mayfield then led the team to the playoffs and a win over the Steelers and things were expected to be even better in 2021.
Instead, he regressed and lost all the fire he once had. Mayfield now gets to restart his career in Carolina.