Browns’ Garrett: Mayfield will ‘land on his feet’


BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns All-Professional defensive finish Myles Garrett mentioned Wednesday that former Browns beginning quarterback Baker Mayfield goes to “land on his ft,” within the wake of Cleveland’s commerce for its new quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

Garrett additionally mentioned that he will not be the “choose” or “jury” concerning allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct throughout therapeutic massage classes which have been made towards Watson.

Garrett and Mayfield had performed 4 seasons collectively in Cleveland, starting in 2018 when Mayfield went No. 1 total within the draft, one yr after Garrett too was chosen with the highest total decide. In 2020, the Browns superior to the playoffs for the primary time in 18 years. However after Mayfield struggled final season whereas enjoying by way of a torn labrum to his non-throwing left shoulder, the Browns modified their plans at quarterback and traded for Watson in March. Mayfield stays on the Browns roster, because the crew works to discover a commerce accomplice for him, sophisticated by his virtually $19 million absolutely assured wage for the 2022 season.

“Individuals come and go, and that is a type of adjustments,” Garrett mentioned of Mayfield, who has not attended Cleveland’s OTAs thus far. “I hope the most effective for him. I hope he strikes on and he does effectively for himself. … He is performed effectively when he is wholesome. When he is wholesome, he can do some fairly good issues for a crew. Simply has to seek out his area of interest once more. I feel he has to show himself, has to get wholesome.”

On Tuesday, a twenty third girl filed a lawsuit towards Watson. She alleges within the lawsuit that Watson uncovered himself to her, touched the lady between the legs and “repeatedly requested” her to have intercourse with him throughout a therapeutic massage appointment. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, mentioned in a press release later Tuesday that his consumer “vehemently denies the allegations” of sexual misconduct.

Two grand juries in Texas have declined to pursue prison costs towards Watson, who has denied all wrongdoing. The NFL is investigating whether or not Watson violated its code of conduct coverage and interviewed the quarterback in particular person two weeks in the past as a part of its investigation.

When requested concerning the allegations towards Watson, Garrett referred to as them “none of my enterprise,” earlier than being pressed whether or not Watson’s character mattered to him.

“It does. However I do not know what occurred,” Garrett answered. “You do not know what occurred. Nobody on this room actually is aware of what occurred, apart from the people who have been concerned. I am unable to transfer a technique or one other based mostly on rumour. So I simply transfer with the character and the person I do know from daily. And that is a very good man from what I’ve seen.”

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