It is no secret that the Carolina Panthers need a quarterback, and they are not making it a secret that they are after one to replace what they currently have on the roster.
Baker Mayfield isn’t expected to start the 2022 season with the Cleveland Browns and he has been mentioned as a potential trade piece for the Panthers. According to The Athletic’s Joe Person, Carolina is considering the 27-year-old, but he’s “not the only guy on the list” of quarterback targets.
The biggest issue with Mayfield is his $18.8 million price tag. The Panthers are already on the hook for Sam Darnold’s entire salary for 2022. Last month, Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson reported “mutual disinterest” between them. Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson also doesn’t appear to want the former No. 1 pick.
Baker Mayfield battled through some serious issues in his left shoulder during the 2021 season. He threw for 3,010 yards in 2021, adding 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games.
Mayfield has since had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. He spent most of the year playing with a harness because of the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. In addition, he missed Week 15 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
After making the playoffs in 2020, the Browns were eliminated from postseason contention. That would be the final nail in the coffin as the team would soon trade for QB Deshaun Watson and the end of the Mayfield era.