Baker Mayfield has requested a trade from the Browns, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it is “in the best interests of both sides” for Cleveland to split with the star quarterback.
“It’s in the mutual interest of both sides for us to move on,” Mayfield told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “The relationship is too far gone to mend. It’s in the best interests of both sides to move on.”
The Browns, however, have informed Mayfield’s camp that they are “not accommodating his request,” a source told ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
Mayfield’s request comes on the same day the Browns learned they were out of the running to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson in a trade from the Houston Texans.
The Browns were one of four teams to meet with Watson in the past week to gauge his interest in waiving his no-trade clause, but they now face significant uncertainty at the quarterback position.
A source told Trotter earlier Thursday that the Browns, upon falling out of contention to acquire Watson, would prefer to move forward with Mayfield. But Mayfield’s request might force Cleveland to trade the quarterback who won the 2017 Heisman Trophy and then got picked first overall in the draft.
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