Trade talks appear to be heating up regarding Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield but not everyone believes he could be a difference for his team.
NFL insider Jordan Schultz took on the Pat McAfee Show this week and revealed that Mayfield’s reputation could prevent teams from making deals.
“It gradually came to this point. Two years ago he had a really good season and he is healthy,” Schultz said. “Then last season everything went downhill. He lamented. The attack didn’t necessarily protect him, he had a shoulder problem and played past it. It was a nightmare.
“More than that, friends, is the lack of leadership on his part. Speaking to players, coaches, and GMs, “There’s a feeling around the league that Baker Mayfield is still a really immature guy and even if he’s healthy, do you really want to settle that in his dressing room not. He hasn’t been the leader of the dressing room since day 1. He has never been able to reach that point. “
Mayfield’s dressing room leadership has been tested
Mayfield had a couple of tough situations in Cleveland in the locker room. As a sophomore, Mayfield criticized the rerun of Duke Johnson Jr. because of a commercial requirement, which is not suitable for some veterans, according to the report.
Things took a turn for the worse last season, with the Odell Beckham Jr drama splitting the dressing room and Mayfield appearing to criticize the coaching staff after being sacked nine times in his season finale. that. ESPN’s Jake Trotter described the situation with OBJ as “poisoning the well” for Mayfield, which in part led to his current predicament.
Despite the criticism, Schultz thinks Mayfield can turn things around in the right situation, but he will need to prove himself to earn a long-term contract.
“In his 20s, there’s still a reason he’s a talented guy and can still be a really good NFL player. You can win with Baker if he’s as solid as he was two years ago. But the point of distraction is a pain to deal with, especially if you’re thinking of stretching a guy and giving him $100 million. “
Mayfield’s teammates come to the defense in Minicamp
Mayfield didn’t get a lot of support throughout the ongoing series but Joel Bitonio – the Browns’ oldest member and front-runner in the locker room – voiced his support for his former QB during the minicamp. .
“Baker is my guy. I still remember the Jets game on Thursday night when he came on and helped us win. To be honest, it was one of the more special moments in my career because it’s been a long time since we’ve won games.” Bitonio told reporters on Wednesday, June 15. “He is a tough guy and he plays hard. He was devoted to us and I will always respect that. He’s still my friend and we text from time to time. I think, like everyone else, he was waiting to see where he was going. Baker has done a lot for this franchise. He has won a lot of games and is a great player for us.”
For now, the Seahawks and Panthers are weighing deals for Mayfield, with a deal imminent as training camp approaches.
Heavier on Browns News
Loading more articles
https://heavy.com/sports/cleveland-browns/baker-mayfield-trade-immature-locker-room/ Browns QB Baker Mayfield punished amid latest commercial drama