Browns’ Myles Garrett on former QB Baker Mayfield: ‘I’ve got to take him out’

In one of the most highly anticipated matchups of Week 1 of the NFL season, Baker Mayfield will take on his former team, the Cleveland Browns, now leading the Carolina Panthers.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett© Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

While Mayfield is bound to reunite with some ex-teammates, it’s unlikely he will exchange pleasantries with Myles Garrett.

In a recent interview with’s Mary Kay Cabot, Garrett explained his “complicated” relationship with Mayfield.

Garrett told Cabot that Mayfield had sent him a text after being traded to the Carolina Panthers, thanking him for the four seasons they spent together as teammates. The two-time All-Pro didn’t respond to Mayfield’s text, saying he was unsure how to reply. Garrett also cited “disagreements” between the two as a reason for not getting back to Mayfield.

Garrett doesn’t harbor any ill will toward Mayfield and is even rooting for the former No. 1 overall pick. However, Garrett knows he has a job to do when the Browns and Panthers face off this Sunday.

“I think he has a great family, but he’s the opposition now, and at the end of the day, I’ve got to take him out,” Garret said.

Last month, Mayfield caught some flack after reportedly saying he was “gonna f— them up,” referring to the Browns. Mayfield later denied making the statement.

At the time, Garrett said he and the Browns would use it as motivation.

“We’ll take it and we’ll use it, and I’m hoping for a great matchup,” Garrett said. “I don’t think any less of him because he’s going out there and doing the same thing he did when he was with us. He’s the same guy personally, and maybe we’ll see a different Baker when we get on the field. Who knows?”

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