Baker Mayfield's Panthers Release Actually Hurts Browns

David Kaestle
Baker Mayfield's release further hurts the Browns.
Baker Mayfield's release further hurts the Browns. / Assocuated Press

The Baker Mayfield experiment is over in Carolina, and it was not a pretty one. Mayfield was acquired with one year left on his deal in hopes he could come into Carolina and have a chance at becoming the Panthers' quarterback of the future. That didn't happen, at all. Mayfield went 1-5 as the team's starter and has an abysmal 57.8 completion percentage this year.

Fast forward to Monday, and Mayfield was granted his release by the Panthers. With his waiving, it ensures the conditional fourth-round draft pick sent to the Cleveland Browns in the trade now becomes a fifth-round pick.

Baker Mayfield Trade Details

Mayfield reportedly had to play at least 70 percent of the team's snaps this season in order to keep it as a fourth-round pick. He didn't come close to that.

Baker will now hit the waiver wire, with every team having the chance to put a claim in on the former No. 1 overall pick. If he does clear waivers, Mayfield will become a free agent, able to sign anywhere.

One team that seems like a natural fit is the San Francisco 49ers after they just lost starter Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. Being near the end of the waiver order, though, could make that less likely.

With the release just happening Monday afternoon, there haven't been many indications on where Mayfield could end up. The status of his NFL future will certainly be watched closely.

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