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Crossing the Carolina Panthers as a potential trading destination for Cleveland Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield.
With the 2022 NFL Draft fast approaching, do not expect the Carolina Panthers to be the team that trades to form Cleveland Brown’s starting quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Monday morning that the Panthers are out of the Mayfield sweepstakes heading into Thursday night, and potentially out of the mix for him. Carolina has the No. 6 overall number in the 2022 NFL Draft. That means the Panthers may be the first team to draft a quarterback this spring. Clearly, Carolina wants to explore all of its possibilities.
As No. 6, the Panthers could conceivably pick Malik Willis out of Liberty, Kenny Pickett out of Pitt or shockingly reach Matt Corral out of Ole Miss.
The Carolina Panthers did not expect to trade for Baker Mayfield until the first round
Although the Panthers are one of a handful of teams with a quarterbacking situation in motion, trading with Mayfield never really made sense. Not only do they have number 6 in a draft where up to five quarterbacks can go in the top-32, but trading with Mayfield would only make the guy the Panthers traded for last year in Sam Darnold, nothing less than a total redundancy by this . point.
Although the Panthers must win now for head coach Matt Rhule to get a fourth year on the job, they are not ready to compete yet, although they play in it without a doubt the worst division in football. Although Mayfield could come in and start right away for the Panthers, he would play the final year of his rookie deal. If Carolina went with Pickett, they would have five years of control.
In the end, Carolina has always felt like a dark horse candidate to trade for Mayfield. While it is implied that his days in Cleveland are over, it remains to be seen where he will be treated. One would expect him to go to an NFC team, but with the Panthers probably out of the mix, who will trade for him? Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a whole other?
Mayfield may be treated at the end of this weekend, but the Panthers will not land him on Thursday.