Baker Mayfield will not be attending the Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp later this month — a mutual decision reached by the team and quarterback.
The Browns excused Mayfield from the offseason activity, which the team dubbed “best for both parties,” per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, who first reported the news.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about Mayfield not attending during Wednesday’s OTA practice and repeated a similar sentiment.
“Obviously that was a decision make between our organization and Baker’s team,” Stefanski said. “We felt it was the best decision for both sides.”
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The move means that Mayfield will avoid nearly $100,00 in fines. If he had sat out without the team agreeing, he would have owed $15,900 for Day 1, $31,961 for Day 2 and $47,936 for Day 3.
Browns minicamp will run from June 14-16 and the Browns have plans to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton during that span.
“We’ll have a really good day’s work on Tuesday,” Stefanski said on Monday from the Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament. “On Wednesday we’ll go down to the Hall of Fame as a team and practice down there and visit down there, which I think is so vitally important that we understand what’s come before us, the players, the coaches, the great teams that have come before us. We’re so fortunate to have the Pro Football Hall of Fame right down the road, so we’re going to take advantage of that on Wednesday.”
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Considering Mayfield’s situation and standing with the team, it seemed like the only route for the Browns as they continue to look for a trade partner to take on the former top overall pick.
The closest the Browns got to a deal was with the Panthers during the draft, although it fell apart with the teams unable to agree on the amount of salary each side would take on. The Panthers wanted the Browns to pay more than $13 million of Mayfield’s contract, according to The Charlotte Observer.