The Baker Mayfield era in Cleveland is officially over.
Cleveland reportedly has agreed to trade Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick. Mayfield time has been on the market nearly all offseason. It became real when he tweeted a goodbye letter to the city in early March and then became even more real once the Browns traded for Deshaun Watson.
Mayfield is now off to Carolina, who is looking to fill its quarterback position for the second straight offseason. The Panthers traded for Sam Darnold, hoping he could revive his career there, but that turned out to be the opposite of what happened.
The Panthers are currently third in the odds standings to win the NFC South, with their win total set at 6.5 games -- up from 5.5 -- (heavily juiced to the UNDER at -135). Mayfield may not lead them to a divisional title over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he certainly provides an upgrade over Darnold.
On top of their win total improving, the Super Bowl odds for the Panthers have spiked up. The Panthers went from 100/1 to win the Super Bowl to 85/1. A lot still has to go right for Carolina to even make the playoffs, but the Panthers seem to have found their solution.
Mayfield is coming off a down year. He threw for a hair over 3,000 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a 35.1 QBR.
Carolina is once again hoping for a career resurrection out of a quarterback. Let’s see if they Panthers get one from the former No.1 overall pick.
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