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Baker Mayfield requests trade, Browns decline

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during warm-ups before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has requested a trade, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. This news comes after the Browns tried to trade for Deshaun Watson, which apparently has burned the bridge between Mayfield and the team.

The Browns, for their part, have said no to Mayfield’s trade request, per Mike Garafolo. Of course, that “no” could easily be a strategy to get more out of a trade partner, but they could also try to mend fences to keep the QB around.

Mayfield has been the best Browns quarterback since Bernie Kosar, but his play has still been inconsistent. Losing him without a similarly skilled replacement at the position would be a big blow to Cleveland.

There is already a report of the Seattle Seahawks’ interest in the Browns signal caller, per Josina Anderson. Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston, and Jimmy Garoppolo could all be in play for the Browns, as this doesn’t sound like it will end with Mayfield returning in 2022.