Since the Browns are acquiring quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Texans, they will likely next look to move Baker Mayfield, and Mayfield has a preference for where he wants to end up. According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, Mayfield has told the Browns he prefers to be traded to the Colts.
"Baker Mayfield has informed the Browns that he'd prefer to be traded to the Colts, per sources. Earlier this week, prior to Mayfield's trade request, the Browns said they'd work with him on a trade. We'll see if they'll accommodate such a move to the AFC, though. @TheAthletic"
Mayfield hasn’t lived up to the billing of being a No. 1 overall pick since entering the league in 2018. He has never finished higher than 14th in DVOA among quarterbacks and that was back during his rookie season.
Mayfield, Colts, Brown, and the trade
Mayfield officially requested a trade from the Browns on Thursday, even when the Browns weren’t sure they would be able to acquire Watson. Cleveland wasn’t planning on honoring the request until they made the move for Watson. Mayfield already tweeted a thank you message to Browns fans, amid all the uncertainty earlier in the week.