“There’s Too Much Bad Blood”: NFL Hall of Famer Gets Real on Baker Mayfield & Cleveland Browns Situation Amidst Mega Trade Fail for 2022

Published 06/23/2022, 7:08 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 25: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field following a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Browns 24-22. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns’ newly appointed quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing controversy and might face a one-year ban from the NFL. If Watson cannot play this season, will the Browns look forward to Baker Mayfield starting the games?

According to the NFL 3X Super Bowl Champ, Mayfield would not want to play for the Browns. Shannon Sharpe, on UNDISPUTED, discussed the Browns’ future and whether Mayfield will play for them if Watson gets suspended for a year.

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Shannon Sharpe said“I don’t see it happening. I think the Browns are ready to move on. I know Baker is ready to move on. I think there’s too much bad blood. Baker feels that they betrayed him by going behind his back.”

Baker Mayfield felt disrespected after the news leaked about the Browns wanting to sign Deshaun Watson as their starting quarterback. Mayfield is still on Brown’s roster as no other team was willing to pay the star QB salary of $19 million for the 2022 NFL season.

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Sharpe, on the show further, said, “I think Baker has checked out on Cleveland. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Like, I want nothing to do with you. You all knew I was hurt last year. You tried me out there. And then when I played bad, you all said we need a new quarterback when you know what I was up against.”

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In the 2021 season, Mayfield suffered an injury in his shoulder that needed surgery to recover. Mayfield postponed the surgery for the offseason and started the games for the Cleveland Browns. The QB had given his all and wanted to see his team in the playoffs but sadly couldn’t make it.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 15: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to run onto the field prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Despite Mayfield proving his extraordinary skills, the Browns persuaded Deshaun Watson from Houston Texans and offered him the biggest deal of $230 million.

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If Watson faces a one-year suspension, Mayfield would be the best choice as the starting quarterback for the Browns. In 2021, Mayfield threw for 3,010 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. However, will Mayfield be ready to play for the team that didn’t feel he was the right choice for them?

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Aniket Srivastava

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Aniket Srivastava is an NFL Writer at Essentially Sports. Having completed his bachelor's in Architecture, he has worked under a few Architects until his love for writing urged him to be a full-time writer. Aniket has a keen interest in NFL and ardently follows two teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, of course, because of Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, respectively.

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