Baker Mayfield requested a trade Thursday afternoon, but the Browns responded by telling the quarterback’s agent they would not accept the request, multiple people familiar with the situation confirmed to the USA TODAY Network. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversations between the quarterback and the team.
Mayfield and the Browns are at loggerheads after the franchise’s failed attempt to lure controversial Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to Cleveland.
On Thursday morning, the Browns were told that Watson would not waive the no-trade clause in his contract to come to Cleveland, a person with knowledge of the quarterback’s thoughts told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the fluidity of the situation.
“It is in the mutual interest of both parties that we move forward,” Mayfield said. told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “The relationship is too far along to repair. It’s in both parties’ best interest to move on.”
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Led by Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam, the Browns sent a delegation to Houston on Tuesday and met with Watson, who became a potential option after a grand jury declined to indict him last week. Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.
Watson is also being signed by the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.
Mayfield struggled last season after hurting his left shoulder in Week 2 when the Browns fell short of expectations and missed the playoffs. Browns general manager Andrew Berry said he was confident Mayfield would bounce back in 2022 and start.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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