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Browns feel Baker Mayfield is too childish for them?

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The Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield feel like they are headed for a breakup. Cleveland may be fine with that outcome.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was talking on “NFL Live” Wednesday and provided some insight on the Browns-Mayfield relationship. Mortensen essentially said that Cleveland feels Mayfield is too childish and that the team wants an “adult” at the position.

“The one thing I was told is that it’s just not a match emotionally. Whereas Baker Mayfield’s passion and emotional leadership was embraced at Oklahoma and even in the beginning with the Browns, things have changed. And they want what they consider an ‘adult’ at that position. Baker Mayfield is probably going to be moved,” Mortensen concluded.

That’s an interesting report for a few reasons.

Mayfield has long been known for having a short temper and being offended by even the smallest slights. But that was viewed as an asset by some because it motivates him. However, Mayfield couldn’t even handle the Browns discussing potential quarterback upgrades and wound up writing a farewell note to Cleveland. That was not a mature response to standard rumors many athletes are the subject of.

Secondly, many noted the irony of the Browns regarding Mayfield as too childish, while simultaneously pursuing Deshaun Watson. Watson is the subject of over 20 sexual assault allegations. Being accused of that many disturbing allegations is not a sign of a mature adult either, but it’s not deterring the Browns.

Regardless, it seems like the Browns and Mayfield are headed for a breakup.

Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


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