Baker Mayfield’s blunt leadership is causing Browns problems

Trouble in paradise.

Several Browns players confronted Baker Mayfield and voiced their displeasure with the second-year quarterback after he criticized Duke Johnson’s trade demands earlier this month, according to

Mayfield and his teammates hashed out their differences in a private meeting.

Johnson, a talented pass-catching running back, has been demanding a trade since April, as he sees his role in Cleveland’s offense and future with the team diminishing. The Browns added Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt this offseason, and second-year running back Nick Chubb’s development will likely eat into Johnson’s snaps. Johnson is under contract for $10 million total over the next three seasons, but the 25-year-old wants to be proactive in finding a team where he can prove his worth.

“It’s self-inflicted,” Mayfield told reporters during minicamp. “It is what it is. It’s not awkward for anyone else in this building. He’s gotta do his job. He said he was a professional. I hope he does his job.

“If we have guys that want to be here, they’ll show that. They’ll voice that. Obviously he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not, it’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us, so it is what it is.”

Mayfield toed a dangerous line on one of the NFL’s biggest taboos, speaking publicly about other players’ financial arrangements, which is seemingly what rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way.

Johnson’s salary doubles to $3.6 million next season, which would likely make it more difficult to find a potential trade suitor.

“I understand the nature of the league,” Johnson said during minicamp. “I understand his job. (General Manager) John Dorsey’s job is to do what’s best for the team. Getting rid of me for a bigger piece? Then I’m going to get with it. As I said before, my trade request was to meet them at a middle ground.”

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