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Mayfield: 'No Animosity' Toward Browns, Awaits Fresh Start

Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off the field after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. The Panthers view their starting QB job as an open competition between the newly acquired Baker Mayfield and incumbent Sam Darnold, one that will ultimately be decided at training camp and in preseason games. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko, File)
Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off the field after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. The Panthers view their starting QB job as an open competition between the newly acquired Baker Mayfield and incumbent Sam Darnold, one that will ultimately be decided at training camp and in preseason games. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko, File)

Charlotte, N.C. (AP) -- Baker Mayfield said he was “shocked” to learn that he was not included in the Cleveland Browns’ future plans earlier this offseason.

But the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in 2018 has had a few months now to digest the Browns’ decision to replace him with Deshaun Watson and is eager to take advantage of a fresh start with his new team, the Carolina Panthers.