Even if the two become cordial again and mend fences, it does not mean that Berry and Stefanski haven’t made up their minds to move on from Mayfield and bring in a veteran player or draft a guy pretty high come April.
The goal was for Mayfield to come in and change the way the Browns play the game and that has been accomplished at times.
“If Mayfield doesn’t get reassurance that things will change next season, he’ll consider asking to be traded. He’s under contract for $18.858 million in his fifth-year option year, but at this point, it’s uncertain if the Browns even view him as their starter for 2022.”
It appears that the changes Mayfield is seeking has to do with the offensive philosophies a.k.a. Coach Stefanski. Mayfield is quoted as saying this regarding his playing while hurt, his poor performances as of late, and what is next:
“I’ve continued to lay it out on the line when I haven’t been healthy and tried to fight for our guys,” Mayfield said after the loss to the Steelers.