Panthers plan to waive Baker Mayfield today

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Baker Mayfield is about to hit the waiver wire.

The Panthers plan to waive Mayfield today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

For Carolina, the move makes a lot of sense: Mayfield has played poorly this season, and he’s the third-best quarterback on the roster behind Sam Darnold and PJ Walker. Trading for him this offseason proved to be a mistake. (And getting rid of him proved to be a good move by the Browns.)

But where it really gets interesting is the possibility that some other team could think Mayfield can make an impact this season. First up would be the 49ers, who just lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. Kyle Shanahan might think he could get Mayfield up to speed quickly enough that Mayfield could perhaps be a better option than Brock Purdy as the 49ers make a push to the playoffs.

And that could incentivize other teams to claim Mayfield just to keep him off the 49ers. The Seahawks, for instance, may not want Mayfield to get to San Francisco as the NFC West race heats up down the stretch. And the Seahawks are ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order.

Of course, it’s also possible, given how Mayfield has played this season, that no one will claim him. In that case, he’d become an unrestricted free agent.

64 responses to “Panthers plan to waive Baker Mayfield today

  1. Baker will land somewhere but purely as a back-up. I can’t see the 49ers thinking he’s a better option coming in at Week 14. Baker’s QB1 days are done.

  2. I’m not entirely sure it is a good thing that the Browns got rid of him. They most certainly could have paid him far less than $230 million guaranteed to throw in the dirt and finish with a 53.4 QBR against the worst team in the league.

  3. Somewhere in there is the talent, he showed it in the past. But NFL defenses have figured him out and he is not able to adjust mentally or physically. He is a mess at this point and may never recover…

  4. The 49ers need a backup to Purdy, who was already their 3rd string. I think someone will claim him so the 49ers wont get him.

  5. Miami.
    Tua is one hit from Turnipland.
    The Dolphins know this year is their best chance for this decade.

  6. What a letdown. Going from a first round pick, to being traded in two years, to being third best option on a bad team to being waived. Sure hope he invested his $$ well.

  7. He went from a playoff win and national ad campaigns to cut by one of the worst teams in the league. All in less than two years.

  8. Mayfield has shown he can be a starter before. He needs some sort of reset to resurrect his career. Geno Smith is showing us all that it’s never too late

  9. When I first read this, my thought was Houston should snatch him up for future investment because 1st round draft picks take time to develop IF they even work out!

  10. I’m sure Pete Carroll is just shivering with fear that Mayfield might end up in San Francisco. Zero, zero chance the Seahawks claim him. They’re more likely to pay his travel costs to San Fran.

  11. Brock Purdy and Baker Mayfield had the same draft grade coming out of college. One guy was the first player drafted. The other guy was the last player drafted. You wonder why coaches get fired so often?

  12. I wouldn’t mind if yhe Bills grabbed him as a backup. Sitting behind Josh & Keenum might light a fire for him. Trubisky even looked like a superstar in that system last year.

  13. touchback6 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 10:57 am
    What a horrible career, but at least it’s over. He was never going to make it

    ———-

    Kind of like Jarrett Stidham…..the guy you claimed BB would turn into the next Brady!

  14. icantstandwhitecastleanymore says:
    December 5, 2022 at 10:53 am
    Baker will land somewhere but purely as a back-up. I can’t see the 49ers thinking he’s a better option coming in at Week 14. Baker’s QB1 days are done.

    ———-

    backs up usually bring something to the table, like the ability to coach – Baker does not have those attributes.

  15. I don’t envy him, moving out of two stadiums in less than five months would be tough on anyone.

  16. The 49ers are a high ankle sprain away from starting Josh Johnson in the playoffs.

    Believe me… as a Cardinal fan who watched RYAN LINDLEY start a playoff game..

    They should do whatever it takes to get Mayfield.

  17. What a fall from grace. From #1 overall draft pick to a free agent in 4 years. Wow.

  18. The Panthers are a mess. They paid his salary for this year and still have to settle on a coaching staff. Keep him and let him battle it out with Darnold for a new regime next year unless ownership retains this coach …

  19. Mayfield isn’t Aaron Rodgers, or Patrick Mahommes, but he’s not Heath Shuler, either! People forget there’s another major factor involved in the QB play in Carolina – the coaching staff. They fired Matt Rhule because he’s incompetent, and they now have an interim defensive coach at the helm. A competent coach such as Kyle Shannahan can absolutely use Mayfield. Garappolo isn’t Rodgers or Mahommes, either, and Shanahan had things rolling with him.

  20. I feel bad for Baker he gave all he had to the Browns and they did him really dirty. His play w/ Carolina has been pretty bad but look who hes throwing to. Hopefully he can go to a team that really needs him.

  21. sumyousername says:
    December 5, 2022 at 11:05 am
    I don’t mind him being QB2 for SF. Who else is out there?

    QB2 for SF would actually be their QB4 behind Lance, Garoppolo and Purdy. 49ers currently have veteran journeyman Josh Johnson as their new QB4, just signed off the Broncos practice squad. If Purdy gets hurt or underperforms I don’t see Johnson or Mayfield or anyone else available coming in to save the day. I hope Purdy exceeds expectations and does well. Cowboys fan but I like the Mr. Irrelevant storyline.

  22. I see him as a good spot duty QB, he could be a serviceable back up, he has experience, He has talent, he could be of service. Is he a long time solution probably not anymore but there is a market for him at the right dollar amount.

  23. charliecharger says:
    December 5, 2022 at 11:21 am
    Brock Purdy and Baker Mayfield had the same draft grade coming out of college. One guy was the first player drafted. The other guy was the last player drafted. You wonder why coaches get fired so often?

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    This is completely false and verifiable on NFL.com. Baker Mayfield’s Prospect Grade was 6.7 and projected as a Day One starter. Purdy’s Prospect Grade was 5.57, and projected him as a Priority Free Agent.

  24. Wilks isn’t playing around. He gave Mayfield every chance. He is not a QB1. Cut losses and move on. Good job Coach Wilks!

  25. I hope Baker sits out the rest of this year. Become a FA, go somewhere with a good offensive staff that can coach him up and go from there. The kid won in Cleveland of all places. I think Sam Darnold makes better sense for SF next year as a backup.

  26. I don’t know. What’s the saying “like throwing an anchor to a drowning man”. Can he really help or will he just take you down with him trying to expend time and money getting him up to speed.
    He should have kept the keys to the browns stadiuim so he had a place to live.

  27. Colts might as well kick the tires they are far from having anything that resembles an NFL capable QB on their current roster, ditto for the Broncos, and probably can say the same for the Texans.

    Seattle will put-in to block the Niners as should the Cards, the Rams look like they need to find someone cheap to play QB next year and don’t exactly have the picks to draft a decent enough QB.

  28. He won’t be unemployed for long. Rams, Niners, Colts, Texas, Denver will all be looking at him hard. It’s not like the Panthers and Browns had top tier talent around him. Holding a clipboard and getting paid millions sounds pretty sweet to me.

  29. If it makes so much sense for SF to take him on wavers that Seattle might take him just to keep him from SF, couldn’t they have gotten a 5th round draft pick in a trade instead of cutting him?

  30. Knowing Baker, he’s surely having his agent write up a list of waiver demands, and the agent is just going to play along with it.

  31. Yet another example of the NFL requiring that a QB be capable of success as a pocket passer first, and playmaker gimmickry is the bonus.

    Mayfield’s skill set is the exact opposite. Scrambling and extending the play and making magic happen in the subsequent chaos works well when the defense is loaded with players of lesser talent, and not as well coached, which is NCAAF and certainly HS ball. But not the NFL, where talent is distilled into elite levels and the coaching is at much higher levels. It’s not sustainable.

    But fans and owners will never learn. They see the gaudy highlights from college project all that success as the future highlight reeks for their favored team. So this mistake will simply keep on keepin’ on.

  32. What are people saying a team should have traded a late round pick to avoid wavers. no one could, trade deadline is long past.

  33. He was a bust. Flop city
    ==========

    Won a Playoff game, which teh Browns hadn’t done since 1994.

  34. cakesw says:
    December 5, 2022 at 11:36 am
    The 49ers are a high ankle sprain away from starting Josh Johnson in the playoffs.

    Believe me… as a Cardinal fan who watched RYAN LINDLEY start a playoff game..

    They should do whatever it takes to get Mayfield.
    ——————————————————————-
    Lindley playoff game: 16/28 for 82 yards 1 TD/2INTs
    Murray playoff game: 19/34 for 137 yards 0TDs/2 INTs
    Guess which one was drafted in the sixth round

  35. It seems that Mayfield has been hampered by ineffective coaching as much as anything else. Get him with a team that has a great QB coach and he could turn things around. If he jumps at the first offer, he probably won’t get that.

  36. More than likely, the Steelers will lose both of their back up QBs this offseason. If that does happen, as expected, signing Mayfield to a prove it contract as the backup to Pickett would make sense.

  37. johnny_row says:
    If it makes so much sense for SF to take him on wavers that Seattle might take him just to keep him from SF, couldn’t they have gotten a 5th round draft pick in a trade instead of cutting him?
    ————-
    The trade deadline was Nov1. Cutting Mayfield saves 5-6M in cap space. Mayfield is a free agent next year.

  38. Won a Playoff game, which teh Browns hadn’t done since 1994.lol………………………

    And nothing since.

  39. This a pretty pointless conversation because I highly doubt Mayfield even makes it out top 10 bad teams currently in line on the wire. I could see Mayfield land with the Texans, Rams, Broncos, Saints, Colts, or Packers. Rams make the most sense because of the superbowl winning coach that can even make Goff look like a star. The Broncos have a bad coach, a bad QB, and Mayfield will be stuck in a Cleveland 2.0 situation. I personally would say Colts because the Saturday thing is temporary, but if you get a good coach who knows what their doing with a challenge QB like Mayfield, who knows it may work. Wentz, Mayfield is waaay more better.

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