Baker Mayfield trade talks heating up between Browns and Panthers

Baker Mayfield trade talks heating up between Browns and Panthers

Baker Mayfield may be taking his abilities to Carolina.

ESPN’s Kimberley Martin first reported that the Panthers’ pursuit of the Browns’ quarterback continues to “warmth up,” and Joseph Particular person of The Athletic adopted with affirmation of “lively talks” between the groups.

The Panthers are the group that has made essentially the most sense for Mayfield and curiosity has been rumored for weeks. He may very well be seen as an improve from Sam Darnold, who went 4-9 with Carolina final season.

Mayfield is coming into his fifth yr within the league. The Browns had been heavy contenders in 2020 and entered 2021 with large expectations, solely to complete with a disappointing 8-9 and miss the playoffs.

The Browns, in a significant shock, acquired Deshaun Watson from the Texans for a bundle together with three first spherical picks. They then gave him an infinite, totally assured contract value $230 million.

Baker MayfieldCharles Wenzelberg/New York Submit

There may be uncertainty as as to if and the way a lot Watson will be capable of play this season. He is not going to face costs in Texas after being accused of sexual misconduct by over 20 therapeutic massage therapists, however nonetheless would possibly face league self-discipline beneath the Private Conduct Coverage.

Nonetheless, the ties with Mayfield had been severed. The quarterback felt “disrespected” by the group’s communication amid the Watson acquisition.

“Yeah the respect factor is all going to be a private factor, however yeah, I really feel disrespected. 100%,” Mayfield stated in April.

“As a result of I used to be informed one factor, they usually fully did one other. That’s what I’m in the course of now. And you understand what? Okay. I received my style of it, as a result of I’ve had 4 totally different head coaches in 4 years. A bunch of various coordinators.”

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