Panthers officially waive Baker Mayfield

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The Baker Mayfield era in Carolina is officially over.

Mayfield was waived on Monday morning in a move that ends his stay with the Panthers at 12 games. Mayfield started the first five of those games before an ankle injury knocked him out of the lineup and he made one more ineffective start in Week 11 to wrap up his on-field time with the team.

With Mayfield out, the Panthers will send a 2024 fifth-round pick to Cleveland to complete the trade for the quarterback. It could have been upgraded to a fourth-round pick, but Mayfield needed to play 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps for that to happen.

Per multiple reports, Mayfield asked for his release from the Panthers. Presumably that’s because he hopes to land somewhere he can play over the final weeks of the regular season. Many have pointed to the 49ers as a possibility given Jimmy Garoppolo‘s season-ending injury, but there was reportedly some interest from the Seahawks this offseason and teams like the Rams and Texans could see Mayfield as a better option than the ones currently available to their offenses.

114 responses to “Panthers officially waive Baker Mayfield

  1. Ever since Mayfield dissed Hue Jackson, I considered him nothing more than a punk. Hopefully he just goes away.

  2. Every year in the draft, there are surprises. You know, 1st round busts and 6th round GOATS.
    None so unsurprising as Mayfield’s bust with the 1st over all.
    And to think Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson we’re sitting there for the taking. Instead, the Browns draft another personality with 7th round talent.

  3. If he swallows his pride, he should retire and move on at least for the sake of his health. He’s a long shot away from starting again in the league.

  4. He could immediately start in San Francisco. Hopefully someone snags him off waivers to prevent that.

  5. bondlake says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    Ever since Mayfield dissed Hue Jackson, I considered him nothing more than a punk. Hopefully he just goes away.
    ____________

    Hue disrespected himself, Baker had nothing to do with it.

  6. I don’t get the Mayfield hate. He played for one of the worst coaches in NFL history. He got booted for the Watson trade, then got injured and played on a team far worse than Cleveland. A team in need would be crazy not to sign him if healthy.

  7. Tonto Si!

    A reckless QB, that thinks he’s more talented then he is. He has confidence and a short memory- should be a good fit in the USFL

  8. I’m not a fan of his…but he’ll probably get another shot somewhere. If I was San Fran I would take him..make him sit..let the Rookie play…bring him in if the rookie can’t get it done.
    There is alot of offensive talent in San Fran…maybe he plays better with all that around him and can maybe win a playoff game for them. We shall see.

  9. Baker can play. He has starter-level talent. But that’s currently only in the bottom third of teams because of “intangibles.” If he matures, he could still have a long nfl career.

  10. “monarch76 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:08 pm
    Meanwhile Watson is 1-0 in Cleveland.”

    No matter what Watson accomplishes on a football field, he’ll be forever known as a loser in real life.

  11. So glad that Brad Holmes is the Lions GM and not any of the slappies who were howling for Detroit to go after him. Too much noise and not enough Ws surround this guy.

  12. Poor Baker. Stefanski shouldn’t have let him play hurt last year. That probably ruined him.

  13. Bvolke wrote: bust

    Depends on your assessment guide.

    Note he helped revive the Browns one season…and his college career was stellar,

    Financially, he’s set for life with millions….and a pension from the NFL.

    Can you state you have millions and a current/future pension?

    I doubt it.

  14. 49’ers get an early Christmas Present, wow! Watch the Rams or Seahawks sign him to play keep away.

  15. It’s not his fault that he was drafted number 1…he could have been quieter and more humble..but if you were a heiman trophy winner and a multi millionaire at 22 what would you be like ..he wasn’t a very good NFl how many are?

  16. Well, who’s going to take care of the stadium? He really did a good job so there’s that…

  17. kurtlaughlin says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:36 pm
    Poor Baker. Stefanski shouldn’t have let him play hurt last year. That probably ruined him.

    Totally agree, Stefanski should’ve sat him last year until he was healthy enough to play – and Baker should’ve agreed to it, but they were both desperate to see what they could do.

  18. Let’s be honest here….Baker could well be an upgrade over what we have seen from Mac Jones this season. He is certainly better than Zach Wilson.

  19. I really think Mayfield is done. Someone will pick him up as a backup…maybe. I don’t see him as a regular starter in the NFL again.

  20. Not a fan of Baker’s personality, but the locker room in SF is strong and would keep him in check.

  21. As the Armchair Gm’s and Coaches sling their arrows, the thinking fan realizes Mayfield took the Browns to their one and only playoff appearance since the 90’s.

  22. There are only so many QBs in the league that are good enough to start. Mayfield is definitely one of them.

    He’s head and shoulders above anything on the Patriots roster. I think San Francisco will at least take a look (if he makes it that far down the waiver wire) as a solid backup. Right now the alternative is Josh Johnson.

  23. For every guy lucky enough to become an NFL QB there’s about 1000 salty nobody’s on the internet just waiting to cut them down when they hit a rough patch.

  24. george1859 says:
    “Instead, the Browns draft another personality with 7th round talent.”

    You’re right that it appears that the Browns were more interested in drafting personalities than football players, a la Manziel, Mayfield, etc…

  25. It would be hysterical if Mayfield takes SF to the SB and then beats out both Lance and Garoppolo to be the 2023 SF starting QB.

  26. Stand up, Baker!
    Oh, you are standing up, sorry.
    With Mitch wanting out and with Mason sure to sign somewhere, Baker could end up in Pittsburgh where he engineered the only playoff win in Heinz Field recently.

  27. mancave2022 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:24 pm
    I don’t get the Mayfield hate. He played for one of the worst coaches in NFL history. He got booted for the Watson trade, then got injured and played on a team far worse than Cleveland. A team in need would be crazy not to sign him if healthy.

    ………………..
    He was disliked by his a number of his teammates, both sides of ball. Arrogancy.

  28. If I’m the Seahawks, I’m claiming him/signing him o avoid baker going to San Francisco.

  29. I think most football fans feel it’s going to take more than Brock Purdy to get SF into the playoffs and on a run. And is Josh Johnson good enough to be a game manager as SF’s starting QB.
    Why wouldn’t SF’s management take a shot at Mayfield if he’s available to them? They truly don’t have a lot to lose by doing so.
    With the coaching on the 49ers perhaps they can train Baker to listen to them, play QB as a game manager and let the defender and the rest of the personnel work out the rest.
    And just think from a fan’s perspective how much fun it could be watching BM behind Center with SF. It would add another intriguing chapter to the “Jimmy G in SF story”.

  30. With that contract I bet he’ll clear waivers. Even with the pay cut you’d be looking at the balance of a 15 million dollar contact. Doubt anyone wants to pay nearly a million per game for the rest of this season especially considering he’d have to learn the offense on the fly.

  31. Only if OBJ would have signed and Baker got claimed. Together again. The two best buds that anyone could have.

  32. The thing about Baker is that he needs time in the pocket. Most of his mistakes are made while rolling out. If/when he gets pressured…he tries to hard to force a play where there is none. He refuses to throw the ball away…his ego won’t let him. If he could find a team (like the Patriots) that can pass protect, he could be a top 10 QB.

  33. Baker, take the rest of the year off and get healthy.
    Work with one of those QB gurus this summer
    Sign a 1-2 year deal as a back up to the most stable well run organization that will have you. Go from there.
    Moving from dumpster fire organization to dumpster fire organization isn’t going to rehab your career neither will crashing and burning in San Fran.

  34. As a close friend of the organization, the NYJ front office is planning to make a claim.

  35. He might be done as a starter now … but he would make a pretty good number 2 for most teams. Lots of good money to be made as a backup QB.

  36. Baker will not be even close to what he was before until next year, the Panthers just love to give away draft picks.

  37. The Panthers are a mess. What were they thinking handing McCaffrey over to the 49ers? They got fleeced!

  38. I don’t get all the hate, but not because I disagree because I simply didn’t see enough of him. When I did see him play, he was often hurt and I was suspicious of the quality of some of the team makes around him. So I really don’t know, if he deserves all this slander or not. I look at Geno Smith and Seattle and I wonder if the NFL is as good at developing talent as they are at discarding it. But I can’t say anything intelligent about Mayfield. I think I saw him play all three games , and then the highlights on the news obviously a lot of you know him better

  39. I guess we will find out who claims Baker tomorrow morning. Waiver claims are processed between 3am and 5am EST

  40. It would be interesting to read a study of NFL teams that consistently ruin quarterbacks: Cleveland, Carolina, Houston.’I’m sure the list would be quite impressive.

  41. SF needs someone to hand the ball off and throw screens and short passes to Kittle. I think he could handle that. He adds a little scrambling too.

  42. Dude got beat out for Darnold and PJ Walker. Now wants released so he can start for a contender? This dude is something else

  43. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:33 pm
    Bailey Zappe > Baker Mayfield

    ****************************************

    Could be. One thing I noticed about Zappe is he leads the receiver to open space and places the ball where it can be caught largely in stride, not always, but usually, and the result is good YAC, something they had struggled to get. I noticed Mike White of the Jets doing the same thing Sunday. They both played at Western Kentucky. Maybe they both are career backups in the NFL, but I have to say Zappe is a bit of a baller, and White has had his moments too. Most QB’s take 3-4 years to season and mature into competent NFL QB’s even if they have great physical tools. The hard part is most never get the chance. It will be interesting to see what happens in the off season and 2023 training camps with these guys getting some play in 2022.

  44. As a 49ers fan, I am hopeful that the Seahawks are thinking the 49ers go for him and try to block him, or else the Rams want him. You get the point…

  45. Interesting, all these comments Baker is done….who would trade for him, etc

    Kinda sounds like the comments being made about Tua this time last year….hmm

  46. I thought that Bakker was a fit for the Seahawk’s this past offseason. I don’t, now. Not because he has changed, but because the Seahawk’s have. With Geno, the team has jelled into a unit, offensively. The team needs Defensive help. Using their draft capital in that area will bear fruit, long term. Adding a QB competition mid season isn’t good. If at the end of the season, he was brought in, that would be okay. But now; no way.

  47. It seems like the reality is that he was the best fit where he started. He gave the Browns the best results they’ve had in 30 years. But probably not a plug & play QB on just any team.

    Brissett did pretty well (I think he should keep the starting gig) but with worse results than Mayfield. Watson (shouldn’t be allowed on an NFL field) has started as a dud and will be a dud with anything less than a SB win (which isn’t ever going to happen).

    In short, the Browns are just another poorly-run team allergic to success. The Panthers seem in the same boat, pending their next steps.

  48. What has huge bust this dude was and is? Cleveland was right about him and they come out of top of this deal. No doubt about that.

  49. waytohigh says:
    December 5, 2022 at 2:42 pm
    Interesting, all these comments Baker is done….who would trade for him, etc

    Kinda sounds like the comments being made about Tua this time last year….hmm

    ___________________

    I don’t recall Tua every alienating himself from two teams or every being on the trading block for any similar comments to make any sense. The only guy with a similar background as Mayfield that had a similar backlash as him would be Josh Rosen and their ending seem to be exactly the same. Rosen hasn’t even stuck on a practice squad.

  50. Let’s be real here. The Browns held out on trading baker so that he wouldn’t have a chance this year. Not to mention he joined a team with a head coach was ready to leave for the NCAA. Not a starter but if we are going to make excuses for justin fields and zack wilson then there needs to be more acknowledgment its not just on Baker – guy has had multiple OCs/HCs.

  51. Yeah I love it when his supporters say” well…he has a competitive fire!” He’s 5 feet nothing & his teammates always hate him. It’s a dead end signing this bust.

  52. Since waivers go in reverse of the standings, he isn’t going to make it to San Francisco. Claiming him will cost like $1.5 mil, teams like Washington, Seattle, NYG would be wise to claim him if for no other reason than keeping him from SF. Sorrynotsorry Niners fans

  53. Being from Canada and a fan of the CFL, Baker’s dozen here simply has too much of an ego n thinks he’s way too good for this league .. well he’d be in for a surprise anyways …. n regarding that Baker’s dozen do think he shall be on 12 teams in various leagues before its all said n done … too bad as I don’t think about him much one way or the other he could have had a long NFL career in that mushy middle where so many long termers tend to reside n yet may be the case should he ever git his big inflated head outta his hide … n hey is that area league 6 guys aside or wotever it twas .. that still going on ??? as BM hitches on for a two season ride !!

  54. Mayfield has a future in acting! I mean, he acted the part of an NFL quarterback for a few years.

  55. the Armchair Gm’s and Coaches sling their arrows, the thinking fan realizes Mayfield took the Browns to their one and only playoff appearance since the 90’s.___________

    Tim Couch took the Browns to the playoffs in 2002. Woof

  56. ithinkthereforeiamithink says:
    December 5, 2022 at 1:38 pm
    It would be hysterical if Mayfield takes SF to the SB and then beats out both Lance and Garoppolo to be the 2023 SF starting QB.

    ————————
    Leads SF to the SB, gets Cleveland to hand out a grossly overpaid guaranteed 10 year contract to come back and replace Watson because it wasn’t working out, loses the job to Brisette the following year.

  57. At some point you have to ignore college glory and focus on the reasons why heralded QB’s fail with multiple teams. Josh Rosen, Carson Wentz, Baker, etc are prime examples. Sam Darnold might be trending in that direction as well, I don’t see him being the long term solution with the Panthers.
    How many times has it worked out that a guy that didn’t pan out later had a respectable career? Gino Smith, Jim Plunkett, I’m sure there’s a few more but the trash heap is a lot higher than the successes.

  58. Mayfield would at least be a good backup to Purdy. I can see some team in the hunt grabbing him, just to keep him from San Fran. Seattle, Atlanta or Tampa.

  59. $48,000,000 – that’s a lot of dough!!! Just take your mountain of cash and have a good life. Do you really need this BS and consistent beating you take.?? You have made a lot of money in a short amount of time. Just take your money and go home. Be done with the circus of the NFL

  60. I have a feeling Nick Bosa may have a slight opinion on whether Baker gets a shot with SF.

  61. If I remember correctly, it was Baker Mayfield that demanded a trade after the Browns signed Deshaun Watson. Had Mayfield kept quiet and waited a few weeks, he would have started the first 10 games this season, presumably would have played better than he has in Carolina, and have A LOT more leverage right now, as he was going to be a free agent at the end of this year.

  62. My Vikes put in a waiver claim on Mayfield. I would much rather have the Vikes get a kicker that can make extra points instead.

  63. sweetness says:
    December 5, 2022

    ………………..
    He was disliked by his a number of his teammates, both sides of ball. Arrogancy

    ………………….

    1. Says whom?
    2. If it’s true, who cares? Does it matter that much?
    3. Arrogancy is not a word.

  64. Well thanks for the 5th round pick Carolina hahaha. No more progressive commercials now hell be on some shady car commercial at 3 am with cars that wbere damaged from hurricanes for sale

  65. He can always be a grounds keeper….he does gave that huge house with that huge open lawn in cleveland that he takes care of.

  66. Chicago Bears, they need a more competent backup for the undisputed #1 QB that plays in a fashion where he frequently gets banged up.

  67. Well, looky here…Mayfield gets picked up by the Rams and leads them to a comeback for the ages with less than 2 days prep.
    How’s that looking for Carolina now?

  68. (If he swallows his pride, he should retire and move on at least for the sake of his health. He’s a long shot away from starting again in the league)

    OOPS

  69. whitecomet77 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Cleveland was right about him and they come out of top of this deal. No doubt about that.
    ———————————–

    Cleveland hasn’t been right about anything since they left town in the middle of the night.

  70. cheaptrix12 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 12:18 pm
    He could immediately start in San Francisco. Hopefully someone snags him off waivers to prevent that.
    ———————
    Mr. Brock Purdy would have something to say about that…

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