- Baker Mayfield’s ongoing standoff with the Cleveland Browns is finally over.
- The former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft was traded to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.
- NFL fans are overjoyed that they don’t have to hear about the trade anymore.
Our long national nightmare is over!
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is headed to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.
A new QB in Carolina: The #Panthers are acquiring former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield from the #Browns for a 2024 conditional 5th-round draft pick, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Deal is pending a physical. All parties split the financials to make it happen. pic.twitter.com/xuTLqosmZm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2022
Mayfield is expected to be the starter in Carolina.
The Browns and Mayfield had a rocky relationship throughout his four-year run with the team. He led Cleveland to an 11-5 record and their first playoff appearance since 2002 in 2020. But he took a step back in 2021, throwing for just 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in an injury-riddled season where he went 6-8 as the starter.
Cleveland then traded for Deshaun Watson, which appeared to put a cap on Mayfield’s run as the team’s starting signal caller. While Watson may not be eligible to play for the Browns in 2022, Mayfield made it clear that he had no plans of staying.
Fans across the league seemed happy that the messy situation has finally been resolved.
— 🌯jordan🌯 (@bordanjuff) July 6, 2022
Oh, and the Panthers week one opponent is none other than the Browns.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 6, 2022
Can y’all imagine how spicy Baker Mayfield is going to be postgame presser if he leads Panthers to a win over the Browns in Week 1?
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) July 6, 2022
Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers are scheduled to play the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
Just perfect scheduling. 🍿🍿
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 6, 2022
History will be made when the Browns and Panthers face off in Week 1 and both teams somehow lose. https://t.co/4J8q1m5FCz
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) July 6, 2022
Meanwhile, over on the left coast…
Breaking: Jimmy Garoppolo will apparently die in a 49ers uniform. Super.
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) July 6, 2022
Jimmy G will have his salvation some day. Just maybe not someday soon.