More than a week ago, Chris Mortensen reported that the Cleveland Browns were looking for “an adult” at quarterback.
Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Browns and Baker Mayfield are "breaking up" even if they don't land Deshaun Watson
He also mentions the Browns want "an adult" at QB.
I've found the perfect option: Jimmy Garoppolo pic.twitter.com/zpsbV1xILb
— Chase Senior (@Chase_Senior) March 16, 2022
At the time, many, including 49ers reporter Chase Senior, thought that the Browns would go with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Instead of trading for the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland went in a different direction.
On Friday, the team introduced its newest quarterback Deshaun Watson with a press conference.
Then, the “adult” comment was refuted by owner Jimmy Haslam:
#Browns Jimmy Haslam said it’s not true that the “adult” in the QB room comment reported by @mortreport came from inside the Browns building
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 25, 2022
The Haslams were not in attendance for the Watson press conference, but Jimmy Haslam did make noise on Friday.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding the Browns’ decision to bring in former Houston Texans quarterback Watson via trade.
One wonders whether Haslam wanted to avoid the “adult” comment because of Watson’s history.
Others may think that the owner just does not want to be associated with a comment like that.
Baker Mayfield had been fighting hard through injuries to be on the field for the Browns recently.
He played hard on the field, but he had a difficult 2021 season.
Fox Sports 1’s Nick Wright thinks that Mayfield would be an upgrade for one-third of the NFL.
Now that assertion may be a little far-fetched, but Mayfield could be helpful for several teams in the league, and he could be “an adult” in the clubhouse for those teams.
However, we do not know if Watson will be “an adult” for the Browns yet.
He missed the 2021 season for the Texans, and we will have to see if he will be affected in 2022.
Nevertheless, were the Haslams even looking for “an adult” at the quarterback position?
Was Haslam walking back the comment after it got backlash?
Was Haslam Walking Back the Comment?
There is a chance that Haslam just wanted to walk back the comment after acquiring Watson.
Will we ever know the real truth to this answer?
That is not likely.
The inclination here is to believe Haslam, as the comment is an odd one in the first place.
The Browns were all systems go with Mayfield at the helm for a while there.
Then all of a sudden, the Browns wanted to move on, and they sure did quickly.
Watson is looking to bring Cleveland back above .500 in 2022 and get to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Mayfield will try to be “an adult” elsewhere.
When looking back at this situation, whether Haslam said the “adult” comment or not really does not matter in the scheme of things.
Unfortunately, at this time though, anything Haslam has to say about the quarterback position will be looked at through a magnifying glass.
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