The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including the message sent to Duke Johnson by quarterback Baker Mayfield
We all knew when the Cleveland Browns added Baker Mayfield last season that they were getting a player who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. Oftentimes, that brutal honesty upsets people — see Colin Cowherd and Tony Grossi.
Other times, it can be used to send a message — which was the case on Tuesday. After reports surfaced that running back Duke Johnson still wanted to be traded, Mayfield made his feelings on the matter really clear.
The second-year quarterback said that either you’re with the team, or you aren’t and that any awkwardness for Johnson is “self-inflicted.”
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"“You’re either on this train or you’re not,” Mayfield said, per Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.When he was asked if the situation has led to any form of awkwardness, Mayfield shook his head and said, “It’s self-inflicted. It is what it is. It’s not awkward for anyone else in this building.”"
Those words may seem harsh, but Mayfield has a point. While Johnson is well within his rights to request a trade, he also knew that the team could decide to hold onto him, thus creating an awkward situation. It would also be better for him to focus on the football field rather than the business side at this point.
Obviously, the aforementioned Baker Mayfield comments stemmed from Duke Johnson saying he still wants to be traded. Dan Justik looks deeper at that story and discusses why the veteran running back wants out.
"“Beckham did not speak to the media. That is scheduled to happen Wednesday during the second day of mandatory minicamp with the Cleveland Browns.What matters is he walked on the field Tuesday and worked with his teammates. He skipped all but one of the Browns’ 12 voluntary practices leading up to the first of this week’s three camps.”"
Thank goodness the OTAs are over. OBJ has shown up and looks like himself. Now maybe we can move on from discussing him not showing up to a voluntary workout.
Shane Carter dives into the Cleveland roster and identifies positions to watch as they begin mandatory minicamps.