The Carolina Panthers have traded with the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Baker Mayfield, The Charlotte Observer has confirmed, capping what has been a whirlwind of commerce negotiations over the previous two months.
On the middle of these discussions was how a lot of Mayfield’s $18.9 million wage every crew was keen to tackle.
In trade for Mayfield, the Panthers gave up a 2024 conditional fifth-round draft choose, in accordance with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport.
Carolina and Mayfield have been linked since Watson determined to waive his no-trade clause for the Browns in March. Mayfield turned disgruntled and requested a commerce.
After lacking out on Watson, Mayfield turned considered one of two choices. Jimmy Garappolo was the opposite.
Commerce talks heated up throughout the NFL draft, however neither crew might agree on the suitable value. The Panthers as an alternative traded up and drafted quarterback Matt Corral within the third spherical.
However whereas common supervisor Scott Fitterer stated he was pleased with the crew’s quarterback room on the time, he didn’t shut the door on a possible commerce sooner or later.
Mayfield had beforehand been excused from the Browns’ minicamp and didn’t take part. He’ll be a part of the Panthers for coaching camp, which begins later this month.
The Panthers have been on the lookout for an improve at quarterback since final season’s commerce deadline in October, when it turned obvious that Sam Darnold was not the reply.
The Panthers’ quarterback room — between Darnold, Cam Newton and P.J. Walker — mixed to throw 14 touchdowns and 21 touchdowns in 2021, which was among the many worst within the NFL.
Touchdown Mayfield — who is barely a 12 months faraway from throwing 26 touchdowns to eight interceptions, ending tenth in whole QBR and main the Browns to their first playoff victory since 1994 — improves their quarterback room.
The Panthers now have 5 quarterbacks on their roster — Mayfield, Darnold, Corral, Walker and Davis Cheeks — although they may seemingly solely carry three by the beginning of the season.
Story by Ellis Williams and Jonathan M. Alexander, The Charlotte Observer