Cleveland Browns call time on Baker Mayfield era with trade to Panthers


Baker Mayfield

Browns send former No 1 overall draft pick to Panthers in tradeCleveland to pay $10.5m of Mayfield’s $18.8m contract next year. From being drafted first to dumped in four years, Baker Mayfield’s wild four-year ride in Cleveland is over.The No 1 overall pick in 2018, Mayfield was traded Wednesday by the Browns, who moved on from the divisive quarterback months ago and finally sent him to the carlonia panthers for a future draft pick.


Mayfield, who was pushed out of his starting job amid the Browns’ pursuit Desanu Watson, is going to Carolina for a conditional draft pick in 2024 or 2025.

Mayfield also regularly squared off with commentators criticizing his play and sparred with local reporters. His immaturity showed particularly on social media, where he often posted rebukes to detractors.

The 2020 season signaled a turnaround as Mayfield led the Browns back to relevance with their first postseason appearance since 2003. He thrived in first-year coach Kevin Stefanski’s offense, throwing 20 TD passes and just three interceptions in his last 12 games.

Mayfield directed a playoff win – the Browns’ first since 1994 – over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on 10 January 2021, and came within minutes of getting Cleveland to the AFC championship game a week later before losing at Kansas City.

The resurgence triggered Super Bowl predictions for the Baker MayfieldBrowns in the 2021-22 season and speculation they would sign Mayfield to a long-term contract.Neither came close to happening.

The injury worsened when he was sacked by Arizona’s JJ Watt a few weeks later, and Mayfield never found his rhythm the rest of the season. Beckham forced his way off the roster and the Browns stumbled to a 8-9 finish and missed the playoffs.

After dropping the hyped season opener to the Chiefs, the game’s outcome decided when Mayfield threw a late interception, he suffered a torn left shoulder labrum the following week while trying to make a tackle.

Mayfield also raised eyebrows by publicly questioning Stefanski’s play-calling.

Mayfield sat out the finale and had surgery soon after. Browns general manager Andrew Berry said he expected Mayfield to bounce back as the team’s starter in 2022, but everything changed with the pursuit of Watson.

Cleveland executive manager Andre Berry also sent a message to Mayfield:

“Baker Mayfield infused our organization with tenacity and grit during his time as our starting quarterback. Baker’s competitiveness, toughness and ability to persevere were characteristics that endeared him to our city and his teammates. He will always have a unique place in Browns history for what he accomplished and we wish him the best in his career.”

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