Cleveland Browns: The Bad
When the Browns made it publicly known they were going to Houston to try and sweep Deshaun Watson off his feet and bring him back to Cleveland they had to have known they’d be upsetting their current quarterback Baker Mayfield. Their calculations were right because before everyone went to sleep midweek, Mayfield had come out with a goodbye letter to the fans and city of Cleveland.
He was upset and he wanted our sympathy — and many fans gave that to him.
The risk and reward for the Browns had to have been known and since that trip to Texas to try and sell Watson on the team. Since then the risk was real as Watson said no to the organization and immediately muddied the waters a bit more between the team and its current quarterback.
“Now what? ” was heard across “The Land”.
Well, Mayfield got even more upset with his team trying to bring in Watson and announced that he was demanding a trade now as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that he’d spoken to Mayfield and now wanted out.
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The team then was reported to have said in essence, “no way” according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
So Cleveland, who went out of their way to try and recruit a replacement for Mayfield now was saying no to a request from the player that they don’t want anyway. Is that fair to say?