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Browns' Baker Mayfield excused from mandatory minicamp in 'mutual decision'

Browns' Baker Mayfield excused from mandatory minicamp in 'mutual decision'
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, shown Nov. 10, 2019, has remained away from the organization since Cleveland replaced him with Deshaun Watson in March. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

June 8 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Browns are excusing quarterback Baker Mayfield from attending the team's mandatory minicamp next week.

The Browns said Wednesday that it was a "mutual decision and best for both parties."

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Mayfield has been away from the Browns since the organization replaced him with Deshaun Watson as their starting quarterback in a March trade with the Houston Texans.

The 27-year-old Mayfield has remained in his hometown of Austin, Texas, as he rehabilitates from off-season surgery that repaired a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder.

To this point, the Browns have been unsuccessful this off-season in trading Mayfield, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Cleveland discussed a Mayfield trade with the Carolina Panthers during this year's draft, according to ESPN, but the sides never got close to an agreement.

The Panthers instead drafted former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in the third round of the 2022 draft.

Mayfield, who led the Browns to their first playoff win in 18 years back in 2020, is scheduled to earn about $19 million in guaranteed money for the 2022 campaign.

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Earlier this off-season, the Browns signed Jacoby Brissett to be their backup signal-caller.

Cleveland's minicamp is scheduled for June 14-16.

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