Browns' Myles Garrett Thinks Baker Mayfield Will 'Land on His Feet' amid Trade Rumors

Adam WellsJune 2, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 11:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns and Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 11, 2021 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett isn't concerned about Baker Mayfield amid the quarterback's standoff with the organization.

Speaking to reporters during Wednesday's organized team activities, Garrett said Mayfield will "land on his feet."

"I hope the best for him," Garrett said. "I hope he moves on and he does well for himself. ... He's played well when he's healthy. When he's healthy, he can do some pretty good things for a team. Just has to find his niche again. I think he has to prove himself, has to get healthy."

Mayfield has been hovering over everything that has happened with the Browns for most of the offseason.

"It's in the mutual interest of both sides for us to move on," Mayfield told ESPN's Adam Schefter in March after he officially requested a trade. "The relationship is too far gone to mend. It's in the best interests of both sides to move on."

The Browns acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans three days after Mayfield made his request. They also signed Jacoby Brissett to be their backup.

Mayfield has been linked to the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks since his trade request became public.

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported May 20 that neither the Panthers nor Seahawks have "ruled out" a deal for the 27-year-old, but they are waiting to see if the Browns absorb a "much greater portion" of his $18.9 million salary to facilitate a trade.

Cleveland appears to be operating from a position of no leverage. Mayfield has made his feelings about the situation clear.

The Browns have already added another starter, though Watson's status remains uncertain as he could face discipline from the NFL under the personal conduct policy. He faces 23 civil lawsuits filed by women accusing him of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Mayfield has been Cleveland's starting quarterback for the past four seasons. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft after winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma.

In 60 appearances for the Browns, Mayfield has thrown for 14,125 yards and 92 touchdowns with a 61.6 completion percentage. He led the team to the playoffs during the 2020 season when it defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Round.