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Baker Mayfield doesn't expect reconciliation with Cleveland Browns: 'We're ready to move on'

Speaking at his youth football camp in Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield discussed his status with the Cleveland Browns.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from the June 28 episode of The Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show.

Since being selected by the Cleveland Browns with the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield has held his annual youth football camp in Northeast Ohio.

This year, however, Mayfield moved his camp to the city where he spent his storied college career: Norman, Oklahoma. That's because while he's technically still a member of the Browns' roster, the expectation for many is that the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner has played his final snap for Cleveland.

That includes Mayfield, himself.

"I think it's been pretty obvious, the mutual decision on both sides is to move on," Mayfield told reporters at his camp on Tuesday, via SoonerScoop. "I'm thankful for my four years in Cleveland. There was a lot of ups and downs and a ton of learning experiences that I'll forever keep with me."

The bad blood between Mayfield and the Browns dates back to March, when Cleveland's front office pursued then-Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in a trade. Shortly after news of the Browns' quest to acquire Watson was first made public -- as well as a report that Cleveland was looking to move on from Mayfield regardless due to its desire to have an "adult" at the quarterback position -- the Oklahoma product requested a trade.

While the Browns initially denied Mayfield's request, they later acquiesced after acquiring Watson, who they proceeded to sign to a record five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract. But with the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback facing a potential suspension following several allegations of sexual misconduct, some have speculated that Cleveland could keep Mayfield to start in place of Watson until he returns to the field.

Mayfield, however, doesn't see that happening.

"No. I think for that to happen, there would have to be some reaching out," he said. "But we're ready to move on, I think on both sides."

With less than a month until training camp, Mayfield admitted to feeling some frustration not knowing where he'll wind up. At this point, only the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks have been linked as potential trade partners with the Browns, with Mayfield's $18.8 million salary for the season reportedly serving as a sticking point in negotiations.

"I got frustrated with it not happening before minicamp," Mayfield said. "That's the stuff that's out of my control."

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