Panthers Might Take Baker Mayfield If You Give Them, Oh, About $13 Million

The Carolina Panthers probably don’t think they are set at quarterback — but they also probably don’t want to pay any price just to feel a little bit better about the position.

That includes Baker Mayfield.

Per the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers and Browns talked Mayfield trade during the NFL Draft in April. Mayfield is due $18.9 million. The Panthers were open to taking Mayfield, provided the Browns paid at least $13 million of his deal, the Observer reported.

Clearly, the Browns balked. Apparently, they don’t want to pay Mayfield’s salary, either.

So the Panthers traded up to draft Matt Corral out of Ole Miss with the No. 94 overall pick. The Browns? They’re still stuck with Mayfield.

Now the Panthers have Sam Darnold, Corral and P.J. Walker. That appears to be good enough for them and costs a lot less than Darnold, Walker and Mayfield.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In Cleveland, the QB situation remains tricky. The NFL has yet to officially determine the fate of Deshaun Watson, in terms of a suspension, and Mayfield is still on the roster. You never say never, but there is about a 0.000001 percent chance Mayfield ever takes another snap for the Browns. Some will tell you it’s even less than that.

Odds are, given both the Watson and Mayfield situations, the only guy we have yet to mention will be Cleveland’s starting quarterback in Week One. That would be none other than Jacoby Brissett, acquired from the Indianapolis Colts.

Think about that. All this talk about Watson and Mayfield, and Brissett may be the Browns’ main man under center — at least for a little while. Maybe not, too. But that seems to be where we are headed.

And a lot of that is because teams such as the Panthers will only take Mayfield if you pay them.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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  1. Hey dummy “stuck with Mayfield” took em to 11-5 and playoffs first time that had happened in over 25 years and just prior to BM arriving they had won 2 games in 2 years lets see how they do now with that bum Watson

    • I agree. Mayfield has been made a scapegoat for something, and I’m not sure why. I personally suspect OBJ stirred crap up in that locker room before he left, trying to make Mayfield look like the reason he stunk and couldn’t stay healthy. I guess it also didn’t matter to the franchise that the Mayfield played with one arm for them all year getting blasted behind a garbage line. I’m no Baker fan, but the Browns look like the “Clowns” for the way they’re handling him.

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