When the Cleveland Browns begin OTAs on Tuesday, Baker Mayfield won’t be on the court with his teammates. The veteran quarterback will not attend Cleveland volunteer practices, Going through ESPN.
Mayfield’s decision to skip the OTAs comes as no surprise given the team’s acquisition of former All-Pro quarterback Deshaun Watson. The team also acquired veterans Jacoby Brissett and Joshua Dobbs to support Watson in his first season in Cleveland.
Mayfield owes $18.858 million this season after the Browns landed his fifth-year option last spring. His high salary is probably the main reason a trade to another team involving Mayfield has yet to materialize. The Panthers and Seahawks, two teams that still have quarterback questions, would bethis offseason.
Injuries have largely hampered Mayfield’s play in 2021. In 14 games, Mayfield has completed just over 60% of his passes for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He went 6-8 in his 14 starts as the Browns missed the playoffs with an 8-9 record.
The 2020 season was arguably Mayfield’s best. He threw more than three times as many touchdowns (26) as interceptions (eight) while helping the Browns qualify for the franchise’s first playoff spot in 18 years. He then threw three touchdown passes in the Browns’ win over the Steelers, Cleveland’s first playoff victory since 1995.
Despite his uncertain future, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who is 0-2 in games against teams managed by Mayfield, is confident the former Heisman Trophy winner will enjoy more success..
“It’s a tough situation,” Burrow said on the Full send podcast. “He’s been injured all last year. Every time we play him he balls. … I think when you have a guy like Deshaun [Watson], you have to try your luck because he is such a great player. But Baker will land on his feet. He’s a very good player.”