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Baker Mayfield-Brown’s drama could take a turn at training camp

Baker Mayfield’s situation with the Browns is becoming increasingly awkward as the 2022 NFL season approaches.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the estranged quarterback is expected to show up for training camp in Cleveland in late July.

“He must be in training camp,” Rapoport said on “The Pat McAfee Show” On Monday. “The training camp would be awkward. I’m sure he’ll show up.”

Rapoport then said the two sides will likely either agree to Mayfield sitting out or a “hold-in” where a phantom injury would keep him off the field.

“It’s all awkward. I think in the end they can come up with a situation that both sides are okay with, but it’s going to be weird until they get to that point,” Rapoport said.

Without a trade, Baker Mayfield is likely to show up at the Browns' training camp.
Without a trade, Baker Mayfield (6) is likely to show up at Browns training camp.
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Players are expected to report for training camp at the Browns facility in Berea, Ohio, no earlier than July 26, as the voluntary portion of the offseason program will take place over the next two months, excluding a mandatory three-day mini-camp Mid-June.

Mayfield, who has a guaranteed salary of $18.8 million this year, requested a trade from Cleveland in March after the Browns acquired former Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson and a record $230 million contract later that same month with a term of five years and US$230 million.

Watson is reportedly set to meet with the NFL in Texas this week as he still faces 22 ongoing civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct – which could result in a possible suspension from the league. The NFL conducted its own investigation into Watson to determine if he violated their code of conduct.

In April, Mayfield said he felt “disrespected” by the Browns when they made a surprise play for Watson after two grand juries decided not to indict the quarterback on criminal charges.

Watson, meanwhile, will host a number of his Browns teammates on offense this weekend in the Bahamas to practice and bond ahead of the start of the team’s organized team activities, according to ESPN.

Rapoport informed McAfee that Mayfield would not be present for a trip to the Bahamas.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) fumbles against the Ravens on Nov. 28, 2021.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) fumbles against the Ravens on Nov. 28, 2021.
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“He has a certain sense of organization,” Rapoport said. “He thinks they told him one thing and did the other… I understand why he wants to stay away.”

Mayfield remains in the Browns roster despite uncertainty about his future. His guaranteed salary for 2022 likely doesn’t make it easy for the Browns to move him.

“The most important thing for [Mayfield] is figuring out how he breaks up with the Browns when he breaks up with the Browns,” Rapoport said. “Because I don’t see this market going anywhere any time soon.”

At one point it was reported that the Panthers were a target for Mayfield. Last month’s 2022 NFL Draft, however, simmered when Carolina defeated quarterback Matt Corral in the third round.

But according to NFL insider Josina Anderson, “the door isn’t 100% closed” on the possibility of the Panthers taking over Mayfield.

Rapoport also told McAfee last month that he believes the Panthers are “most likely the right place” for Mayfield.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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