Rams were only team to put in a waiver claim for Baker Mayfield

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Only one team wanted Baker Mayfield.

The Rams were the only team that put in a waiver claim for Mayfield, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Under the NFL waiver system, when the Panthers put Mayfield on waivers, all 31 other teams had an opportunity to put in a claim for him, and the team with the worst record that put in a claim would get him. The Rams were third in the waiver order, but that didn’t matter because no other team wanted him anyway.

Although Mayfield is a big name and a former No. 1 overall pick, the rest of the league figured his poor play this season, combined with the fact that the season is almost over, meant he was unlikely to contribute anything this season.

Still, that only one team put in a claim for Mayfield shows that no other team even thought it was worth bringing him in for the rest of the year to get an early evaluation and consider signing him in free agency next year. That doesn’t bode well for Mayfield’s hopes of generating much interest when he hits free agency in March.

72 responses to “Rams were only team to put in a waiver claim for Baker Mayfield

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a bit of a wink-nod situation by the league. Rams are going nowhere but have four prime time games left and the broadcast partners need at least some kind of storyline.

  2. If he plays well (he wont) and signs elsewhere, the Rams can get a low to moderate compensatory draft pick.
    If he does well, lets see what sucker team signs him in the off season.

    Realistically – he needs to be a backup for a couple of years then try again

  3. All it takes is one team for Mayfield’s career to continue. He should make the most of this opportunity because his chances are running out.

  4. Pretty clear that any QB was going to struggle on the panthers. Just ignoring his good work is short sighted. The Browns did everything they could wrong in developing a QB. 4 head coaches sure…. 5 OCs and all to start a year. Not to mention Hue and Freddy were the HCs. Then played him for a year with one arm. Don’t know why baker grtd the hate he does. Way more deserving guys

  5. Hard to believe it was just over a year ago, that Mayfield was turning his nose up at $30 million plus a year contract.

    All to bet on himself and show his true worth.

    Hope he’s saved some bux from those moronic commercials he was constantly being fed to America.

  6. Why put in waiver claim when everyone knew the Rams needed a QB & they were going to get him? Now; the Rams will be able to evaluate him, get him up to speed & have him available if their 3rd string QB gets hurt.

  7. Cleveland here. Baker will always be my guy. He just should have signed earlier and been done with it but he chose not to. That is on him.


  8. detroiter says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Things keep looking better and better for the Lions”

    Said no one ever

  9. In a season when backup QBs are often playing better than the starters they replaced, it seems that constantly criticized starters get emotionally drained and lose their edge. Backups are emotionally charged and are usually playing with a conservative playbook that helps them succeed better than the starter. Mayfield May play better than expected in LA simply because he is expected to fail.

  10. This is the continued fallout from outlier behavior by Browns ownership & management.

    How often does a team get to the divisional round of the playoffs with their #1-overall-pick QB and then suddenly dump him to pay a quarter-billion to some other random QB who hasn’t made it any further in the playoffs, and only made it that far a year longer ago?

    Say what you will about Mayfield and his ability, but every odd-seeming step in this saga ties straight back to the bizarre, hasty, unusual actions of the Browns “brain trust”.

  11. ezpkns34 says:


    detroiter says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Things keep looking better and better for the Lions”

    Said no one ever

    Apparently watching film and math are a hard thing for you. Just imagine if social media was around when Drew Bledsoe went down.

  12. kevpft says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    This is the continued fallout from outlier behavior by Browns ownership & management.

    How often does a team get to the divisional round of the playoffs with their #1-overall-pick QB and then suddenly dump him to pay a quarter-billion to some other random QB who hasn’t made it any further in the playoffs, and only made it that far a year longer ago?

    Say what you will about Mayfield and his ability, but every odd-seeming step in this saga ties straight back to the bizarre, hasty, unusual actions of the Browns “brain trust”.

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    This is the same team that had a coach that took them from a league joke to winning their first playoff game in some time. They then fired the coach who had to go make his career elsewhere.

  13. Rams won a Super Bowl after reviving former number 1 pick Stafford, maybe there is hope for Mayfield.

  14. Maybe he’ll become the next Geno Smith. Sit for 8 years and then become a starter and play lights out MVP quality QB. Nah…Baker will never be as good as Geno…well unless it’s leading the Stadium Book of the Month club.

  15. brownstown420 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:31 pm
    Pretty clear that any QB was going to struggle on the panthers. Just ignoring his good work is short sighted. The Browns did everything they could wrong in developing a QB. 4 head coaches sure…. 5 OCs and all to start a year. Not to mention Hue and Freddy were the HCs. Then played him for a year with one arm. Don’t know why baker grtd the hate he does. Way more deserving guys

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    He also had the best offensive line in football, 2 pro bowl wide receivers,2 pro bowl running backs including Arguably the best in the league, 2 quality tight ends and a dominant pass rusher. He is now on Headcoach number 6. He is an arrogant, overrated locker room cancer who plays like he has never watch a second of film. The only QB with worse character is guy who replaced him.

  16. acelesson says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    He’ll be close to the studios to film commercials at least
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    Too bad all his commercials were shot at First Energy Stadium for a company that is headquartered in Cleveland.

  17. kevpft says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    This is the continued fallout from outlier behavior by Browns ownership & management.

    How often does a team get to the divisional round of the playoffs with their #1-overall-pick QB and then suddenly dump him to pay a quarter-billion to some other random QB who hasn’t made it any further in the playoffs, and only made it that far a year longer ago?

    Say what you will about Mayfield and his ability, but every odd-seeming step in this saga ties straight back to the bizarre, hasty, unusual actions of the Browns “brain trust”.
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    Easy. First, they had to play a crappy Steelers team to get there. Second, the defense scored all the points in that game, not Baker.

  18. Easy. First, they had to play a crappy Steelers team to get there. Second, the defense scored all the points in that game, not Baker.
    Wrong. The defense got the first 7, Baker and the offense put up the other 42

  19. You know, it’s entirely possible that Matt Stafford’s injury is more serious than we realize and that Baker is insurance for next year. Stafford’s wife was saying some pretty interesting stuff a couple weeks ago as it relates to HER worries about her husband’s health. Then we have the whole head/neck injury debacle. It kind of feels like there’s more going on here than any of us know.

  20. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    Stick a fork in the Rams, they will not sniff another SB in a while.
    ==

    You’re probably right. Then again, neither will the Patriots.

  21. Here’s the problem for Baker. He and his sidekick Kyler Murray both played for an Oklahoma team that had top notch college skill around them but very poor NFL preparation schooling. Neither were required to spend NFL-like time in the film room learning how to prepare for an opponent. Both came out as huge prospects but neither had learned HOW to be an NFL player, let alone an NFL QB. That’s not a dig on them, just a fact. Baker may end up being very good down the road. But he first has to learn how to be coachable and absorb that coaching without taking it personally. I’m afraid Murray never will as he’s just too mentally immature. But Baker seems like (with the right Rams coaching) he could become very good.

  22. redright8167 says:
    December 6, 2022 at 8:03 pm
    Easy. First, they had to play a crappy Steelers team to get there. Second, the defense scored all the points in that game, not Baker.
    Wrong. The defense got the first 7, Baker and the offense put up the other 42
    ———-
    Sure, but that’s out of context. The defense created the turnovers to get the ball back. Baker doesn’t drive the ball down the field.

  23. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:14 pm
    You know what? Good for Baker, go get paid kid. Live your dream.
    __________________________
    His salary was guaranteed. He was going to get the rest of this year’s money even if nobody claimed him.

  24. Boy I would hate to put in my resume for 32 companies and only get one response and have that widely known to the entire world

  25. The Rams have long neglected the back-up QB position. I’m sure acquiring Baker was part need and part gamesmanship to keep Clara from claiming him without using their waiver position. Any move that makes life harder for the San Francisco 49er’s of Santa Clara is a move I support.

  26. It’s December, no team needs him to cut their grass this time of year.

    But I’m sure he’ll be on Jim Irsay’s list of has been/never was QB for the Colts in 2023!

  27. So he’s moving out of the Browns stadium and now gets to move into SoFi? How do the Chargers feel about his?

  28. I know Baker isn’t the most loved but the Rams did it out of desperation. They were willing to take on the balance of the contract. I’m sure multiple teams would’ve offered if he cleared waivers. This is one of the benefits of being a terrible team, you get better dibs.

  29. Baker being a hammer head here in Cleveland cost him hundreds of millions of dollars. He’ll never get a wiff of that kind of money now. He did it all to himself.

  30. Rich kid lands in SoCal to play for a QB oriented coach? Lol, love or hate Baker all you want but this is a sweet deal.

  31. 2ndteamallstate says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:33 pm
    Hope he’s saved some bux from those moronic commercials he was constantly being fed to America.
    _____________

    Judging from this sentence I’d say that you’re an expert on moronic things.

  32. Little misleading that only the Rams wanted Baker. I have no doubt other teams are interested but not at the waiver price. As a free agent he would have had more offers but for the veterans minimum for the rest of the year or a two year make or break contract.

  33. Baker runs a kaos offense, never looks smooth or like they ran the play as it was supposed to be run. If every play is a broken play, it’s gotta be the QB.
    Good luck Baker, make less commercials and spend more time practicing your job.

  34. Rams aren’t playing for anything at all, but they also don’t own their draft picks so tanking wouldn’t make much sense. I guess this is just an attempt to not have a losing season and screw over the Lions and anyone else getting the Rams picks.

  35. daytontriangles says:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:37 pm
    I see a few less Progressive Insurance commercials in Mayfield’s future.
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    He only got those commercials because Progressive is based in Cleveland on Mayfield Rd.

  36. First commercial backing up the moving truck to sofi.

    Then having Spanos outside as the rent a guard. “ this place isn’t really what it looks like”.

    “And the walk of stars is about 15 miles that way”.

  37. If he can’t hack it with McVay, he’s finished as a starter. Make the most of it, Baker. This is your career.

  38. These guys jumping in to defend Mayfield are seriously funny
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    The state of NFL QB’ing is pretty comical.

    Look at Mayfields Draft. 4 QBs in the top 10; Rosen has already completely washed out, Darnold is right behind him.

    McVay got to a Super Bowl with Jared Goff. Lets see what he can do with Mayfield.

  39. To be honest I thought the Houston Texans would put in for him. Hell he would not make their team any worse, would cost them a bit over $1M for the rest of the season, and they get to kick the tires on a better QB than they currently have. I guess they are playing for the first pick in the draft!

  40. Rams really thought the Seahawks & Niners wanted him.
    ________

    Absolutely this. Not a bad move for the Rams to kick the tires regardless but when you think multiple divisional rivals in line behind you might be interested of course you’re going to claim him. That’s great gamesmanship.

  41. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    December 6, 2022 at 7:48 pm
    Stick a fork in the Rams, they will not sniff another SB in a while

    ———

    Your Jets haven’t sniffed one since the 1960s

  42. m91rs says:
    December 7, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Rams aren’t playing for anything at all, but they also don’t own their draft picks so tanking wouldn’t make much sense. I guess this is just an attempt to not have a losing season and screw over the Lions and anyone else getting the Rams picks.
    =========================================================
    They already have a losing season @ 3-9

  43. I think this could be a good fit. The rebranded LA Rams are about flash. The location, the stadium, Aaron Donald, Sean McVay. But what about the QB? Goff was fine, Stafford did what he needed to do, but neither are larger-than-life personalities. If Sean McVay can tame Baker, Rams games could all of a sudden be entertaining.

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