Baker Mayfield won’t be playing in Cleveland, and he definitely won’t be playing in Houston after they didn’t bother including him as part of their return for the Deshaun Watson trade. With Jameis Winston headed back to the New Orleans Saints and Matt Ryan being traded to the Indianapolis Colts, all eyes shift to the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield are eagerly awaiting trades to come to fruition, but the former No. 1 overall pick reportedly won’t be headed to the NFC South after the Panthers stated they are not interested in trading for Mayfield, per ESPN’s David Newton.
After that news came out, Baker Mayfield reportedly made it clear that he wasn’t interested in the Panthers either.
According to sources of NFL insider Aaron Wilson, Baker and the Panthers “have mutual disinterest in working together.”
The report reads, “One NFL team that isn’t a fit for Mayfield is the Carolina Panthers. Mayfield has not expressed interest in being traded to the NFC South franchise, and the feeling is mutual, according to league sources.”
Mayfield is due an $18.858 million fully guaranteed salary in 2022. The most likely team to land him at this point is the Seahawks, but a trade coming to fruition is no sure thing.
Fighting through injuries for much of 2021, Mayfield tore his labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder and the team finished 8-9, as he passed for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions — good enough for an 83.1 passer rating.