Panthers release Baker Mayfield after seven games with team; former No. 1 overall pick subject to waivers


The Carolina Panthers dropped the quarterback. exchanged just five months agosince Baker Mayfield was released, the team announced on Monday.

The Panthers sent the Cleveland Browns a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for Mayfield. A fifth round pick could become a fourth round player depending on playing time, but this will not happen with his release. Mayfield was originally to receive a fully guaranteed $18.85 million in the final year of his rookie deal. The Browns agreed to pay Mayfield: $10.5 million in 2022, and the Panthers agreed to pay about $5 million. Mayfield also reportedly agreed to a pay cut of approximately $3.5 million in order to transfer him.

Mayfield started the year as a quarterback, but a bad ankle sprain sustained in week five knocked him out of the roster. He went 1–5 as a Carolina starter and completed 57.8% of his passes for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions in seven games played. The Panthers will move forward with Sam Darnold as the starting quarterback and PJ Walker as his backup.

It has certainly been a wild year for the former first overall pick. Mayfield went from a Browns franchise quarterback on the cusp of signing a new contract to requesting a trade later that year. He then got the chance to show the Panthers that he could be a legitimate starter, but he was only let out for seven games during his tenure with the Carolinas.

According to CBS Sports cap expert Joel Corry., Mayfield will claim a $1,349,445 waiver and the Houston Texans will get the first dibs in their claim on him. It will be interesting to see where Mayfield can go. The Texans are definitely an option, but so are the San Francisco 49ers, who just lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending leg injury. The 49ers are in the perfect position to make it to the postseason, but with the season so late, it’s possible Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch will eventually overtake Mayfield and play a young Brock Purdy who knows their system. Either way, Mayfield is single and looking for his next home in the NFL.