The Cleveland Browns' pursuit of Deshaun Watson could backfire on the team. They're not considered the favorites to trade for the Houston Texans' star quarterback, and if a deal doesn't come to fruition, they'd face an awkward situation moving forward with current QB Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield released a statement Tuesday night that casts doubt on his future in Cleveland, and former Browns running back Duke Johnson trolled his former teammate in response.
Mayfield's message on social media to Cleveland seemed like a goodbye post, which has prompted trade discussions around the QB. It was a change of tune from the signal-caller, who was previously unshaken in his role leading the Browns' rebirth.
Johnson wasted no time in using Mayfield's own words against him. Less than 20 minutes after Mayfield's statement went viral, the former Browns RB tweeted a .gif of a train on fire. This was a reference to Mayfield's "You're either on this train or you're not" comments when Johnson's contract dispute with the team turned into a trade request in 2019.
It's clear Johnson still hasn't forgotten about how the team or Mayfield responded when he thought a new destination was best. Now with Mayfield likely contemplating the same thing, Johnson wasn't shy about getting a shot in.
The fallout from the Browns' pursuit of Watson is sure to shake up this team heading into the 2022 season, making this a potentially messy situation to watch.
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