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Sam Darnold’s Panthers future is as murky as ever after Baker Mayfield trade

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Regardless that the Panthers simply traded for Baker Mayfield, it’s not all dangerous information for Sam Darnold, a minimum of not but. 

Carolina presently has no intentions of buying and selling Darnold, with The Athletic reporting that the staff envisions a contest unfolding for the beginning job in coaching camp. For now, the QB1 spot stays open. 

Darnold began 11 video games final season for the Panthers after coming over in an offseason commerce from the Jets. He threw 13 interceptions in comparison with simply 9 touchdowns and missed a month with a shoulder damage. 

In April, the Panthers picked up Darnold’s fifth-year participant possibility, which pays him $18.9 million in totally assured cash this upcoming season. 

On Wednesday, Carolina acquired Mayfield from the Browns for a conditional 2024 fifth-round choose, with Cleveland obliging to pay half of Mayfield’s $18.9 million wage. Mayfield’s future with the Browns grew tenuous after the team traded for Deshaun Watson, and the Panthers had lengthy been speculated as a possible touchdown spot. 

Sam Darnold struggled in his first season with the Panthers.
Sam Darnold struggled in his first season with the Panthers.
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Baker Mayfield on the Browns sideline on Dec. 12, 2021.
Baker Mayfield on the Browns sideline on Dec. 12, 2021.
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Mayfield confronted comparable struggles as Darnold did final season, stricken by 13 interceptions and a lingering shoulder damage.

Carolina’s quarterback room is rife with as soon as highly-touted prospects. Mayfield and Darnold had been the primary two quarterbacks off the board within the 2018 NFL Draft, picked first and third general, respectively. In the meantime, the Panthers additionally traded up within the 2022 NFL Draft to pick out Matt Corral out of Ole Miss within the third spherical.