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Baker Mayfield has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns

Written by Doug Rush

The Cleveland Browns pursued Deshaun Watson and were told no thank you.

Now, they have to deal with their current quarterback. Baker Mayfield, who has now told the Browns that he wants a trade from the franchise.

Mayfield was the former number one overall pick of Cleveland in the 2018 NFL Draft and lead Cleveland to the playoffs in 2020 and won a playoff game for them.

But with the Browns openly pursuing Watson, it gave a clear message to Mayfield that they wanted someone else. However, they have told Mayfield that they won’t trade him, which will create some tension.

Who blinks first?

Will the Browns accommodate Mayfield and deal him out of town? Or will Mayfield let bygones be bygones and forgive the Browns for at least one more season?

Let the off-season drama begin in Cleveland.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.