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Ex-Browns Star Shares Baker Mayfield Details: NFL World Reacts

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on the field.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 14: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns reacts against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas thinks Baker Mayfield might've found himself on the outside looking in, in Cleveland by overplaying his hand.

Speaking on. his "The Thom & Hawk Football Show," the 10-time Pro Bowler laid out where thought Baker went wrong.

"Baker said 'I'm not playing for you guys anymore, I'm not coming back,'" Thomas explained. "Which the interesting thing is that to me, it seemed like Baker overplayed his hand a little bit... At that moment, the Browns were out of the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes."

"And it seemed by all accounts that they were ready to do what it took to smooth things over with Baker," the all-decade lineman continued. "... Because they offered him a $30 million contract last season. He said, 'No, I'm going to continue to play under this contract I think I'm worth more." Thomas went on to lay out how Mayfield had the team backed into a corner and could've pushed for a further commitment from Cleveland's front office. NFL fans reacted to Thomas' commentary on Twitter. "Big Yikes," replied one user.

"Joe destroys so many narratives here, but Browns fans will continue to think they know more than people like Joe and MKC," commented one fan.

"Joe casually dropping in that Browns had a contract offer last year to Mayfield for $30M a year," said another.

"Baker bros not gonna like this. Him turning down $30 m a year just to have that szn is hilarious," laughed another user.

"He passed on 30 mill???!!!?"

Thomas says that Baker was offered a sizable deal from the Browns but turned it down, leaving many to wonder if he'll regret that decision in the years to come.