Browns Trading Baker Mayfield to Panthers
NFL Offseason - Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, is being traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Carolina Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
A new QB in Carolina: The #Panthers are acquiring former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield from the #Browns for a 2024 conditional 5th-round draft pick, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Deal is pending a physical. All parties split the financials to make it happen. pic.twitter.com/xuTLqosmZm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2022
Mayfield is due $18.9 million in salary this year, then is set to enter free agency in 2023. In four years with Cleveland, he ranked between 12th and 25th in both DVOA and DYAR each season. He is the only quarterback in the history of the NuBrowns to win a playoff game. He became superfluous in Ohio after the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson, whom we are all waiting to hear whether he will be suspended, and if so, for how long.
UPDATE: This trade means Mayfield will get a chance for revenge right away -- the Panthers host the Browns in Week 1.
Mike Garafolo has more terms on the deal -- Mayfield took a pay cut to make the deal happen (though he could earn that money back in incentives), and the Browns will still be paying the bulk of Mayfield's salary this fall.
More: The #Browns will pay Baker Mayfield $10.5 million this season, which means they trimmed over $8 million in cash and salary-cap space. The #Panthers will pay Mayfield ~$5 million. Mayfield agreed to trim ~$3.5 million off his base salary.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 6, 2022