The Baker Mayfield saga is ongoing and no one really knows what the future holds for the former No. 1 overall pick but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport says there are two surprise “most likely” landing spots for the disgruntled former Browns starter.
Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show, Rapoport said that the Carolina Panthers would be the most likely landing spot for Mayfield. But he also suggested that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would make sense too.
“To me the Carolina Panthers seem to be the most likely spot for Baker Mayfield… the Buccaneers would make some sense to me as well,” Rapoport said.
Mayfield requested a trade from the Browns on March 17 after the front office spent the early stages of the offseason exploring alternatives at quarterback, but when the team thought it was out of the running for Deshaun Watson, it told the 2018 first overall pick it wouldn’t accommodate his request, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
Mayfield has endured an up-and-down four-year tenure as the Browns’ starter. He was trending in the right direction after a 2020 season where he posted 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, but his TD-to-INT ratio dropped to 17-13 last season.
Now all signs point toward him getting a fresh start elsewhere before next season.
The Panthers only make sense if they don’t select a quarterback with the No. 6 pick in the draft later this month. They already have Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker on the roster, either of whom is capable of handling the backup role behind a prized rookie.