If he will indeed leave to play for another team, breaking the Browns’ 17-season playoff drought will be his crowning glory.
But now that Mayfield is on the verge of getting traded or released, former Browns running back Duke Johnson posted a response to an incident that occurred three years ago.
ESPN’s Field Yates shared the gist of the story.
When Duke Johnson asked for a trade from Cleveland in 2019, Baker Mayfield said “You’re either on this train or you’re not.”
Following Mayfield’s statement about his uncertain future last night, Johnson appears to have responded ⬇️ https://t.co/0B7ruj091h
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2022
Yates said, “When Duke Johnson asked for a trade from Cleveland in 2019, Baker Mayfield said, ‘You’re either on this train or you’re not.’ Following Mayfield’s statement about his uncertain future last night, Johnson appears to have responded.”
Johnson, now playing for the Miami Dolphins, posted a picture of a derailed train surrounded by flames.
That picture is clearly a clap back to Mayfield’s quote without needing an explanation.
Johnson played his first four seasons with the Browns and 2017 ended up being his best season with Cleveland.
That year, he finished with 82 carries for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
Before landing with the Dolphins, the former Miami Hurricane played two seasons with the Houston Texans.
Deshaun Watson On His Way To Cleveland?
Mayfield’s message contains some confusion after starting with declaring that his message has no underlying meaning.
Then, he continued with the reality that he doesn’t know what the future holds for him.
In that case, it’s possible that the Browns will make a change at quarterback and Deshaun Watson will be the likely candidate.
Other quarterbacks already joined their respective teams, leaving Watson the best option available.
Therefore, Cleveland must have contacted the Houston Texans to pitch a trade package for the Pro Bowl quarterback.
Their pitch will likely include Mayfield because there’s no sense retaining him if Watson will take over.