The comments in question regard Mayfield voicing his displeasure to the media about Johnson requesting a trade a week and a half ago. When asked about the situation after an OTA session, Mayfield said, “It’s self-inflicted. It is what it is. It’s not awkward for anyone else in this building. He’s gotta do his job. He said he was a professional. I hope he does his job.”
Mayfield wasn’t done just yet, adding: “You’re either on this train or you’re not.”
It’s concerning to see a player be that open and critical about a teammate’s personal wishes publicly. Yet not that surprising, as Mayfield is no stranger to controversy; his actions and choice of words have been a topic of discussion around the league since he was drafted.
This isn’t the only issue brewing in Cleveland, either. Silver is also reporting the Browns are having problems transitioning to their new offensive coordinator Todd Monken:
“I also reported that the transition to new OC Todd Monken has not gone as smoothly as planned, resulting in HC Freddie Kitchens playing a greater role in spearheading the offense than originally intended. We’ll keep an eye on this as the season approaches.”
No team and no player in the NFL is going to receive more attention this season than the Browns and Baker Mayfield. Unfortunately, that is going to be the case regardless of how much success they have on the field. They have the talent to win a lot of games, but there are all sorts of egos inside that locker room and right now things seem far from ideal, even if it is still June.