Quarterback Baker Mayfield finally got his wish and was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Carolina Panthers in early July. Not before he took a $3.5 million pay cut to help facilitate the move, though. The 27-year-old signal-caller has a number of bold contract incentives to earn it all back.
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NFL insider Field Yates went into detail about these incentives, which require Mayfield to play in 75% of the offensive snaps and 50% of the playoff snaps. Winning Super Bowl 57 would net him $750K, winning a NFC Championship would net him $600K and earning a Pro Bowl nod would net him $500K.
Other incentives are built in regarding the Panthers' regular season win total, Carolina's offensive rankings and Mayfield's completion percentage. It's clear that Mayfield is banking on himself here. He has a shot to earn the Week 1 starting job by outshining fifth-year pro Sam Darnold in training camp.
A few of these incentives are a bit hard to reach, while others seems completely possible. Mayfield's career completion percentage is 61.6%, but the NFL's 10th-best mark in 2021 was 67.2%. On the bright side, the Oklahoma product has already posted one 10-win season in his career (2020).
Carolina's projected win total sits at 6.5 with odds set at +105 on the over and odds set at -125 on the under, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Panthers also have odds set at +10000 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy next February. Mayfield will report to training camp with other veterans on July 23.