Baker Mayfield rumors: Panthers have interest in acquiring former first-overall draft pick, per report

Baker Mayfield is looking for a new NFL home, but the timing is suboptimal. As the 2022 NFL Draft approaches, most teams in dire need of a quarterback have already resolved that issue — e.g., Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady unretiring swiftly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and that includes Mayfield’s own team, the Cleveland Browns, who fully guaranteed a historic NFL contract to Deshaun Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans. That said, the Carolina Panthers aren’t one of them, and they may want a word with the brass in Ohio. 

The Panthers are reportedly interested in potentially making a trade with the Browns to acquire the former first-overall pick, per The Athletic, but it doesn’t appear he’s the only quarterback they’re eyeing; although the last point could easily be viewed as the Panthers attempting to gain some sort of leverage in potential negotiations.

Still wildly unsettled at the position, the Panthers failed to woo Watson themselves in what became an NFC South showdown with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints to acquire him, and with Sam Darnold presumably being their QB1 for 2022 — barring any plans on drafting a QB in the first round in Las Vegas. Currently, their only other option is P.J. Walker, but if head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer were even remotely interested in those two leading the charge in 2022, they wouldn’t have gone all-in on trying to land Watson.

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