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Deshaun Watson Trade the Final Insult of Baker Mayfield's Cleveland Career

By Stephen Douglas
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Baker Mayfield's time in Cleveland is finally over. With the Browns convincing Deshaun Watson they would pay him the most money of any team, Mayfield is officially on the trade block. It's unclear where he's going, but after landing Watson the Browns have no reason to mess with Mayfield's emotions any longer

It's been a rollercoaster of an week for Mayfield. He found out the Browns were looking to replace him with Watson (and Watson's litany of sexual assault accusations) and asked for a trade. He got trashed by someone in the organization. Believing they had lost out on Watson, the Browns told Mayfield he was the only one for them and said they would not move him. Then Watson had a change of wallet and said he would go to Cleveland.

Mayfield was the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and had little success in Cleveland. He personally won six games three out of his four seasons with the Browns. In 2020 the team won 11 games, made the playoffs, and Mayfield became entrenched on national television with a Progressive ad campaign. This year the Browns stunk again as Mayfield showed his toughness and played through injuries.

He put up decent stats, but always seemed to throw an ill-timed interception that would hurt his team. Even worse for Mayfield was the fact that no one could decide if he was a good player in a bad situation or a bad player making things worse. But now the team can't hurt him anymore. Mayfield will get the fresh start it's been clear he's needed for years. Will be good wherever else he plays? Who knows, but he's getting out of Cleveland. Let the healing begin.

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