Baker Mayfield trade rumors: Browns QB cries 'clickbait' after report of Kevin Stefanski strife

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Rumors began circulating this week astir the anticipation of Browns backmost Baker Mayfield requesting a commercialized this offseason due to the fact that of issues with caput manager Kevin Sefanski.

Well, Mayfield claimed these rumors are mendacious Thursday successful a tweet to a section Cleveland newsman who wrote connected the rumors.

Clickbait. You and galore different Cleveland section media proceed to beryllium play stirring reporters with nary sources oregon facts. Don’t enactment words successful my rima truthful you tin enactment nutrient connected your table. I’m not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s

— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022

MORE: Has Baker Mayfield played his past crippled with the Browns?

The rumors truly gained momentum successful mid-December aft Mayfield said he's been dealing with "internal things" with the Browns this twelvemonth that have contributed to immoderate of his on-field issues. His comments astir the squad weren't precisely clear.

“It comes down to trying to find an adjacent equilibrium of listening to those opinions astir you that genuinely substance — friends, family, teammates,” Mayfield said in an interrogation with NFL Network's Kurt Warner. “That’s been the tricky portion astir this year: There’s been a batch of interior things. It hasn’t been conscionable extracurricular noise.”

Stefanski replied to these comments by saying that he and Mayfield pass astir each day. It's unclear what Mayfield was referring to, and Stefanski hasn't offered much details since then.

MORE: Kevin Stefanski responds to Baker Mayfield's cryptic "internal things" comments

#Browns OC Alex Van Pelt doesn't consciousness immoderate hostility betwixt Baker Mayfield nd Kevin Stefanski. "I've seen zero of that. I don't consciousness that astatine all."

— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 6, 2022

Mayfield has been dealing with injuries done astir of the season, and helium is expected to acquisition near enarthrosis country connected Jan. 19 to repair a torn labrum. He volition beryllium out the Browns' last crippled of the play against the Bengals connected Sunday. The Browns person already been eliminated from the playoffs.

Mayfield's rookie contract, signed successful 2018, was a 4 year, $32,682,980 deal, according to Spotrac. In the contract, a fifth-year enactment was available, and the Browns chose to usage this option in April after Mayfield's playoff tally successful the 2020-21 season. The woody successful 2022 volition beryllium for $18.9 million.

MORE: Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield by the numbers

Mayfield could inactive beryllium chopped oregon traded this offseason, contempt him calling the commercialized rumors "clickbait." Ultimately, it's up to the Browns whether they privation to support the quarterback.

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