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Baker Mayfield traded to Panthers after long Browns saga

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The Browns have discovered a brand new crew for Baker Mayfield.

Cleveland is buying and selling the quarterback to the Panthers for a conditional fifth-round choose in 2024, the Panthers introduced. The Panthers host the Browns in Week 1 this yr.

NFL Community reviews that the Browns are selecting up $10.5 million of Mayfield’s contract. The Panthers are paying the sign caller about $5 million, and Mayfield agreed to chop the remaining $3.5 million off his 2022 deal. He’s slated to be a free agent on the finish of the season.

Mayfield had been in search of a commerce after the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson from the Texans and gave him a completely assured five-year, $230 million contract regardless of dozens of sexual misconduct accusations.

Mayfield, whom the Browns took No. 1 overall in 2018, said he felt “disrespected” by the franchise after the transfer — not essentially for buying Watson, however moderately for what he characterised as dishonest communication.

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Baker Mayfield
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This consequence would have been virtually unfathomable a yr in the past. In 2020, the Browns went 11-5 and beat the rival Steelers within the first spherical of the NFL playoffs. Coming into final season, Mayfield and the Browns had been spoken about as borderline championship contenders.

Nevertheless, in 2021, the crew went 8-9 — and 6-8 in video games began by Mayfield — and missed the postseason. Mayfield performed by way of a shoulder harm, and his stats suffered. He threw 17 landing passes final yr after throwing 26 the yr earlier than. He additionally threw 13 interceptions in 2021, 5 greater than in 2020.

There was additionally the fixed cloud of Odell Beckham’s lack of manufacturing whereas with the Browns. Beckham’s dad posted an Instagram video in November that appeared to blame Mayfield for his son’s on-field struggles. The Browns later reduce Beckham, who signed with the Rams and received the Tremendous Bowl.

The deal seemingly ends Sam Darnold’s transient run because the Panthers’ beginning quarterback. The Jets traded the No. 3 choose from the 2018 draft to Carolina final yr weeks earlier than deciding on Zach Wilson No. 2 general.