Mayfield doesn't expect Browns reconciliation: 'We're ready to move on'
"I think it's been pretty obvious the mutual decision on both sides is to move on," Mayfield said Tuesday, according to Casey Murdock and Eddie Radosevich of Sooner Scoop. "I'm thankful for my four years in Cleveland."
"No," Mayfield added when asked if there was any chance to mend bridges. "I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out. But, we're ready to move on, I think, on both sides."
Mayfield's relationship with the Browns has been strained since the team acquired Watson in a shocking deal with the Houston Texans. He requested a trade shortly after learning of Cleveland's interest in Watson and later said he felt "disrespected."
The NFL is reportedly pushing for an indefinite suspension for Watson that would last at least a year. Watson is set to begin disciplinary hearings with the league this week. The quarterback reached settlements last week with 20 of the 24 women who sued him and accused him of sexual misconduct or sexual assault during massage sessions.
Potential next stops for Mayfield were rumored to include the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers reportedly reached out about a trade during the draft, but the Browns were unwilling to cover most of Mayfield's salary. Cleveland apparently has no plans to release Mayfield, who is due $18.86 million this season.