Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns
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Prepared to move on

Mayfield (shoulder) hasn't totally ruled out the possibility of a reconciliation with the Browns, but at this stage the signal caller is ready to move on from the franchise that drafted him first overall in 2018, ESPN's Jake Trotter reports.

Analysis: "I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out," Mayfield noted of potentially remaining with Cleveland in the event that fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson is handed a lengthy suspension. "But we're ready to move on, I think -- on both sides." Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are still trying to trade Mayfield, who is reportedly fully recovered from a torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder and is slated to be full go for the start of training camp. As things stand, however, it's presumed that Jacoby Brissett would handle the team's starting duties (backed up by Joshua Dobbs) if Watson is suspended.

Jun 28, 2022 10:06 AM EST

Excused from mandatory minicamp

The Browns have excused Mayfield (shoulder) from next week's mandatory minicamp, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Mayfield will be allowed to remain away from team facilities during mandatory minicamp without being subjected to fines. The 2018 first-round pick also hasn't attended voluntary OTAs, as both he and the team remain in favor of a trade following the acquisition of Deshaun Watson. Mayfield is continuing to rehab from January shoulder surgery, so it's possible he wouldn't be handling on-field reps even if he were motivated to participate in team activities.

Jun 8, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Won't attend OTAs

Mayfield (shoulder) won't attend the Browns' voluntary OTAs on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As expected, Mayfield will continue to stay away from the team as the two sides remain in favor of trading the 2018 first-round pick after the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson this offseason. Mayfield also continues to rehab from surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder that he underwent in January, so even if the two sides were on good terms, he likely wouldn't be participating anyways. The Panthers have emerged as the favorite to land Mayfield this offseason, but the deal appears to be hindered by the quarterback's $18.86 million option for the 2022 campaign.

May 23, 2022 1:02 PM EST

Not present for voluntary offseason program

Mayfield (shoulder) wasn't present for the start of the Browns' voluntary offseason program Tuesday Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Mayfield's absence was anticipated, as he's still rehabbing from surgery on the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Moreover, it's expected that the Browns will look to trade Mayfield following the team's addition last month of fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson. Per Cabot, of the franchises potentially in the mix for Mayfield's services, the Panthers may have the best chance to deal for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Apr 19, 2022 9:39 AM EST

Ready to move on

As the 2022 NFL Draft approaches, the Browns are actively looking to trade Mayfield (shoulder), ESPN's Jake Trotter reports.

Analysis: For his part, Mayfield, who acknowledged that he feels "disrespected" by the Browns after they traded for fellow QB Deshaun Watson last month, "is ready for the next chapter." With the Colts having dealt for Matt Ryan, Indianapolis -- once a preferred destination for Mayfield -- is out of the running to make a move for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. With that in mind, the Seahawks, who traded away Russell Wilson this offseason, continue to profile as a potential fit for Mayfield, who is under contract for the coming season at $18.9 million (fully guaranteed). The 27-year-old is bouncing back from a procedure that he underwent in January to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Apr 14, 2022 9:04 AM EST

Officially on trading block

The Browns will seek a trade partner for Mayfield (shoulder) after acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Texans for five draft picks Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Browns entered the fray for Watson this week, only to be considered out of the running for his services Thursday. One day later, though, Cleveland landed the quarterback, leaving Mayfield in limbo. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Mayfield prefers the Colts among all the QB-needy teams, but it remains to be seen where he lands. Once his destination is known, Mayfield may be delayed in throwing to his new teammates as he continues his recovery from January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

Mar 18, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Requests trade from Browns

Mayfield (shoulder) has reportedly requested a trade from the Browns, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN report.

Analysis: This comes on the heels of the Browns looking into a possible trade for fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson. While Cleveland in no longer in the mix on that front, it appears as though Mayfield is looking for a fresh start elsewhere. However, shortly after reports of his desire to be moved surfaced, Jake Trotter of relayed that the Browns do not wish to accommodate Mayfield's request.

Mar 17, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Likely stays starter with no Watson

The Browns are out of the running to trade for Deshaun Watson and now view Mayfield (shoulder) as their starting quarterback moving forward, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It might be an awkward relationship with everyone well aware the Browns pursued an upgrade in the offseason. That said, the team reportedly told Mayfield's agent they would only look into top-notch QBs, suggesting they'll now move forward with Mayfield rather than trading him away and bringing in a different mid/low-level starter. The soon-to-be 27-year-old QB is scheduled to play out 2022 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, assuming he and the Browns are able to move forward together. The team may view the upcoming NFL Draft as another avenue to find a potential franchise QB. In the meantime, Mayfield will continue rehabbing from January shoulder surgery.

Mar 17, 2022 8:20 AM EST

Set to start in 2022

Both GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed during their NFL Combine press conferences that Mayfield (shoulder) will start for the Browns in 2022, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, who is said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab from a procedure to repair the torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, is headed into the final year of his contract on the heels of a subpar 2021 campaign. With no extension in the works, Mayfield -- who who can begin throwing in April -- will look to engineer a bounce-back effort in 2022, in the hope that he can prove to the Browns that he's the franchise's long-term answer at quarterback. While Cabot suggests that the team will explore its options, pursuing one of the veteran signal-callers who might be available this offseason is not an anticipated strategy. A more likely approach figures to involve seeking upgrades at wideout, through the draft, free agency, or both.

Mar 3, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Shoulder surgery goes well

Mayfield has undergone a successful procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the QB's recovery period is expected to be in the 4-6 month range. Additionally, the Browns anticipate that Mayfield should be able to begin light throwing in April and participate in the team's offseason program on a limited basis. Beyond that, the expectation is Mayfield will be fully recovered the start of training camp, at which point he'll remain Cleveland's starting QB, per Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, which is worth a fully guaranteed $18.86 million in 2022.

Jan 19, 2022 2:28 PM EST

Finally getting surgery

Mayfield (shoulder) will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It'd be more of a concern for 2022 if the injury affected his throwing arm. As is, Mayfield should be ready for training camp, if not the Browns' offseason program. He's scheduled to play out 2022 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, and while the Browns reportedly plan to retain him as their starter (per Rapoport), it's unclear if they'll seriously discuss an extension. Even accounting for the injury, 2021 was a clear step back from the year before, both for Mayfield personally and the Browns offense as a whole.

Jan 19, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Will be retained for 2022

The Browns will plan to head into the offseason with the intention of retaining Mayfield (shoulder) as their starting quarterback entering 2022, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report.

Analysis: Mayfield will miss Sunday's season finale against the Bengals while he rests up in advance of his Jan. 19 surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury he had been playing through since Week 2. The 26-year-old also played through a number of other injuries during the campaign, with his poor health perhaps contributing to his underwhelming statistics (60.5 percent completion rate, 7.2 YPA, 17:13 TD:INT) over 14 outings. According to Rapoport and Pelissero, Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski met Friday, and sources say the two are on the same page as the 2018 No. 1 overall pick enters the final year of his contract in 2022, which is worth a fully guaranteed $18.86 million. The report suggests that if Mayfield plays well under the final year of his deal, Cleveland could place its franchise tag on him next offseason or look to work out an extension with him entering 2023.

Jan 9, 2022 5:28 AM EST

Shoulder surgery scheduled

Mayfield is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder Jan. 19, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old is sitting out the season finale and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, and he won't wait too long after the end of the campaign before undergoing surgery. Mayfield should have enough time to make a full recovery in time for training camp after playing through the injury during 2021. Case Keenum is set to start under center for the Browns in Week 18 versus the Bengals, with Nick Mullens serving as the backup quarterback.

Jan 5, 2022 6:29 PM EST

Placed on IR

Mayfield (shoulder) has been placed on IR by the Browns.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Mayfield had already been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Bengals. In a corresponding move, Nick Mullens was added to Cleveland's active roster from the practice squad to back up Case Keenum in Week 18.

Jan 5, 2022 12:24 PM EST

Ruled out for season finale

Mayfield (shoulder) will not play in the Browns' season finale Sunday versus the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mayfield is set to undergo surgery to address a torn labrum in his left shoulder "as soon as possible" according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. The fourth-year quarterback ends his 2021 campaign having completed 60.6 percent of his 418 pass attempts for 3,010 yards and a 17:13 TD:INT ratio. Case Keenum figures to make his second start of the season Sunday in a game that doesn't hold much importance with the Browns eliminated from playoff contention.

Jan 4, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Will have surgery, may sit Week 18

Mayfield said after Monday's 26-14 loss to the Steelers that he will require surgery to address the labrum tear in his left shoulder, but he'll confer with his agent and family before deciding whether to go under the knife prior to the Browns' Week 18 game against the Bengals or during the offseason, Jake Trotter of reports.

Analysis: Even if Mayfield decides to postpone the procedure until the offseason, he may still sit out Week 18, given that the Browns are already eliminated from playoff contention in addition to the fact that he's also battled left foot soreness and a right knee contusion this season. Mayfield has been playing through the torn labrum since Week 2, and though the injury is to his non-throwing arm, playing with his left shoulder in a harness may have had some at least some effect on his poor play in 2021. The 26-year-old suffered through another rough outing in Pittsburgh on Monday, taking nine sacks and throwing two interceptions while also tossing 10 consecutive incompletions at one point during the contest. The Browns and Mayfield could mutually decide that it's in his best interest to rest for the regular-season finale, which would allow Case Keenum to nab his second start of the campaign.

Jan 4, 2022 6:15 AM EST

Rough performance Monday

Mayfield completed 16 of 38 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Mayfield found Jarvis Landry for a 20-yard gain on his first throw before things went south. In fact, amid passes being batted down by opponents and dropped by his teammates, Mayfield's next 10 attempts were incomplete, marking a record by a quarterback this season. That streak also included an interception, which was the result of Mayfield's final throw of the night as well. In his defense, though, the signal-caller was under siege most of the game, taking a career-high nine sacks, and Mayfield at least contributed a pair of touchdown tosses in the second half. Still, after four picks in his outing prior, Mayfield's showing Monday didn't do anything to raise optimism over his stock heading into Week 18's finale versus the Bengals.

Jan 3, 2022 9:29 PM EST

Affected by harness

Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Mayfield's performance has been hindered by a harness the quarterback is wearing for his injured left shoulder, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Van Pelt said the harness "handcuffed him a little bit," an issue that became more evident following Mayfield's four-interception game last week against Green Bay. Head coach Kevin Stefanski believes the quarterback has adjusted to the harness and refuses to see it as an excuse for Mayfield's performance. Entering a Monday night meeting in Pittsburgh, Mayfield has an 86.1 quarterback rating, the second-lowest in four seasons and off last year's 95.9 rating, and completed 62.4 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Jan 1, 2022 7:00 AM EST

Struggles on the road

Mayfield completed 21 of 36 pass attempts for 222 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions against Green Bay on Saturday.

Analysis: Mayfield made a handful of nice throws and had an on-target deep ball dropped by Donovan Peoples-Jones at one point, but the four interceptions were a brutal sight and arguably the primary reason the Browns fell in the 24-22 loss. There just isn't much reason to think Mayfield can provide the Browns with high-volume passing production unless the matchup is a favorable one, because in this game and others he seems out of his comfort zone when playing catch-up or when otherwise forced to throw without the aid of playaction setups. The Browns should have the luxury of limiting Mayfield's exposure by setting up more favorable looks against the Steelers in Week 17, assuming they can manage the pass rush threat posed by T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward. A healthier offensive line would be reassuring on that front after playing without left tackle Jedrick Wills against Green Bay.

Dec 25, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Ready to face Packers

Both Mayfield and Case Keenum cleared COVID-19 protocols in advance of Saturday's game against the Packers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The Browns are thus in line to have their top two QBs available Saturday, after Nick Mullens started in place of Mayfield in this past Monday's loss to the Raiders. Per Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Mayfield indicated that he was asymptomatic during his time on the list and was able to remain involved virtually. Moreover, the signal-caller, who's been banged up this season, suggested that after some time off the field his body feels as healthy as it has for a while. Helping Mayfield's Week 16 cause is that wideout Jarvis Landry and tight end Austin Hooper - who were unavailable Monday - are also poised to return to the mix versus Green Bay.

Dec 25, 2021 7:58 AM EST

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