Not everyone on the Browns is happy to see Baker Mayfield go.
After four seasons in Cleveland, it’s only natural for Mayfield to have made a few friends along the way.
And generally, quarterbacks try to befriend their offensive line players to build chemistry, since the O-Line is one of the only things between a torn ACL and a touchdown pass.
And it seems that Browns guard Wyatt Teller still has some love for his old quarterback.
While on the pod, it was clear that Teller and Baker were still friendly:
“I hope he does great and we win by one point. I hope he does great things to lead that team. But my buddy Baker is still in a competition and has to go win that thing. Whoever we do play, they have to go against the best defensive ends in the country. I hope the best for them, but good luck. I’ve blocked Myles. It’s not easy and Clowney is no joke.”
It’s been a great year for Teller, dating back to last fall.
In November, the Browns awarded Teller a four-year, $56.8 million contract extension.
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The deal is on par with other offensive linemen like Jason Kelce and Frank Ragnow.
And the cherry on top of a great year: Teller and his wife recently discovered that they are going to be parents.
Teller also spoke openly about Mayfield’s attitude over the last four seasons during the podcast:
“The whole thing with Baker being ‘childish’ went around this offseason. It’s funny. Baker had an opinion and he’s one to die on that hill. There are different types of people. I would have stayed away from all the nastiness, but he’s entitled to an opinion. I think he’s going to do good things in Carolina, just not in Week 1.”
Teller’s defense of Mayfield comes on the heels of reports surrounding the Heisman Winner’s maturity.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Mayfield was a divisive locker room figure and struggled to get along with head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Recently, Teller was rated the league’s fifth-best offensive guard heading into next season by Touchdown Wire:
“Last season, Cleveland had 192 rushing attempts with gap blocking and at least one puller, behind only the Ravens. No team gained more rushing yards than Cleveland’s 1,039, or rushing yards after contact with 666, and only the Bills (12) had more rushing touchdowns on those concepts than Cleveland’s nine.
The epicenter of that success is Teller, who’s been perhaps the league’s most dominant pulling guard over the last couple of seasons.”
Teller helps form one of the league’s best offensive line units in professional football.
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Recently, the group was named the No. 2 offensive line heading into the 2022 season by PFF.
It’s a positive sign from Cleveland in an offseason packed not only with the Mayfield situation but the scandal-plagued Deshaun Watson trade back in March.