Wednesday Baker Mayfield The trade came after months of negotiations. An agreement appeared to have been reached in Browns-Panthers talks in mid-June, but the ball fell in the quarterback’s court. Mayfield agreed to take a $3.5MM cut from his salary to satisfy the Panthers.
According to CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones and former Browns GM Michael Lombardi, the teams held the deal for nearly a month.Twitter Links) in giving Mayfield a small pay cut, the Panthers will increase his value on the 2023 free agent market, with the former No. 1 points to the potential to make an overall difference, Jones adds. Mayfield, who is tied for an $18.9MM salary, could get the money back through a 2022 incentive. Mayfield follows Odell Beckham Jr In sacrificing some money To facilitate the Browns’ exit.
Despite this interest in interconference trade, ESPN.com’s David Newton adds The deal comes before the Mayfield-Darnold matchup. Mayfield will look to win a training camp matchup against the incumbent Sam Darnold, two picks after him in the 2018 draft. Given the conditional draft pick the Browns receive, Mayfield’s former team will have to root for Darnold to beat him out. If Mayfield plays at least 70% of the Panthers’ snaps, the pick will upgrade to a 2024 fourth-rounder, Joe Persson of The Athletic Tweets. Otherwise, it becomes the fifth.
The winner of this battle will take on the Panthers, a team that has a better offensive line — which added left tackle. Ikem EkwonuCenter Bradley Boseman and guard Austin CorbettThe Browns picked one round after Mayfield in 2018 — compared to its 2021 version and receiving corps. DJ Moore, Robbie Anderson and a 2021 second-round pick Terrace Marshall Jr A healthy chance Christian McCaffrey It’s been two years now that the Panthers and their fans have been taunted, but the former All-Pro is back in his place. Mayfield, Newton apparently plan to gather Panthers skill players for pre-camp practice Tweets.
In the draft, the Browns weren’t willing to pay more than $3MM in Mayfield’s salary. They moved to $10.5MM. Panthers don’t want to cough up more than $5MM for Mayfield, per Albert Breer of SI.com Tweets, leading to a demand for wage cuts. But the Panthers were able to add a former No. 1 pick, one of this year’s QB prospects at No. 6 Resisted the temptation to achieve by choice – this became Ekwonu.
Mayfield’s pay cut and the Panthers agreeing to cover a portion of the cost saves the Browns upwards of $8MM, which could still represent a major pedigree for Cleveland’s quarterback position — at least through 2022. The Browns are out of the reality of using a healthy Mayfield in 2022. Deshaun Watson – after a short suspension – to meet the opportunity Jacoby Brissett A full season of QB1 work is required. The Browns didn’t Expect a season-long Watson suspension – It’s become the NFL Optional restriction – When they traded for him, neither they nor Mayfield appeared to interfere Towards mending the relationship.
As mentioned earlier, A Jimmy Garoppolo The trade was not in play for the Panthers. They expressed concern About the 49ers QB’s injuries Also, based on Mayfield’s extensive contract negotiations, Garoppolo’s $24.2MM salary is not covered. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com, Carolina viewed Mayfield as a higher base than Garoppolo. Twitter) Wednesday’s transaction was a key landing spot for Garoppolo, who has dealt with more injuries than Mayfield over the past four seasons. The 49ers will now have to wait out training camp injury to land Garoppolo in a trade. Few NFL evaluators expect San Francisco simply releases GaroppoloWhose base salary is guaranteed in week 1.
Seattle would make sense as a Garoppolo destination, but the conversation from the Pacific Northwest is ongoing True lock–Geno Smith Competition. The Seahawks had “slow interest” in acquiring Mayfield, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times notes. Although the Browns moving from Mayfield to Brissett would mean a demotion, the Seahawks would move on Russell Wilson Locke or Smith would surpass it. The Broncos gave up their 2023 first- and second-round picks, giving the Seahawks options next year — expected to be a top quarterback draft — but the team appears on the verge of giving away Wilson’s old job to a passer under more scrutiny.