UPDATE: Rams Claim Baker Mayfield Off Waivers
NFL Week 13 - The Los Angeles Rams have claimed Baker Mayfield off of waivers, inheriting the remaining $1.35 million of his contract.
The Carolina Panthers are set to release quarterback Baker Mayfield, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Further reporting from Rapoport notes that Mayfield requested his release. He is expected to have a market on waiver wires, namely from eh San Francisco 49ers who just lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending foot injury.
The Panthers acquired Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns in July for a conditional fifth-round pick. Cutting Mayfield ensures that the conditions will not be met for Carolina's payment to escalate to a fourth-round pick. Since joining Carolina, the former number-one overall pick has both seen the most starts of the three Panthers quarterbacks and posted the worst DVOA of any. Mayfield finished 1-5 as a starter in Carolina, while P.J. Walker and Sam Darnold have combined to go 3-3.
Mayfield's season in Carolina finishes with a career-low 57.8% completion percentage, career-low 187.6 yards per game, and a career-low 2.9% touchdown rate. Mayfield is last in the league in DVOA and second only to Davis Mills for the lowest DYAR in the league among 32 qualified quarterbacks.