The Carolina Panthers have reportedly left the door just a tad bit open when it comes to possibly making a play for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Per Josina Anderson, “My understanding is the door isn’t 100% shut on the Panthers and talks regarding Baker Mayfield, but I certainly received the impression that Carolina isn’t in any rush, nor are they pressed, … They will roll as is, if need be.”
Last month, Jeremy Fowler reported that the Panthers remain “torn internally” over Mayfield and aren’t sold on him as their future quarterback despite him currently being the best option.
The entire league is well aware the Browns have zero leverage in this situation and the Panthers are willing to wait until the Browns stop trying and eventually trade him for cheap or release him.
The Panthers took former Ole Miss star Matt Corral with the No. 94 overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft.
The 26-year-old Mayfield fell out of favor last season with inconsistent play, even though he was dealing with an injury. The Browns exercised Mayfield’s fifth-year option which will cost Cleveland $18.858 million fully guaranteed in 2022.
In 2021, Mayfield appeared in 14 games and completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.