The Cleveland Browns’ decision at quarterback is still up in the air, but it appears the writing is on the wall for Baker Mayfield – and it appears he knows it too.

The Browns QB is still on the active roster right now, but with trade rumors swirling Baker Mayfield sent out a heartfelt message to the city of Cleveland which felt very much like a goodbye.

“The past 4 years have been nothing short of truly life changing since I heard my name called in the draft to go to Cleveland,” the Browns QB said. … I have given this franchise everything I have. That is something I’ve always done at every stage, and at every level. … I just want to say thank you to the fans who truly embraced who I am and the mentality that aligned so well with this city’s hard working people.”

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Baker Mayfield does indicate that there is no “hidden meaning” this his message and that the uncertainty surrounding his future isn’t any clearer on his end than it is for the fans paying attention from afar.

“This is not a message with a hidden meaning,” emphasized Baker Mayfield.

“I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process. I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God’s plan throughout this process,” he continued.

But with the Cleveland Browns in close pursuit of trade market hot topic Deshaun Watson, successfully meeting with the QB in Houston, the team is clearly searching for an upgrade at QB. While it may not surely be coming and the team could very well still ride out Baker Mayfield until the end of his contract, his words and the team’s actions don’t make that feel likely to be the case.