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It appears the Carolina Panthers contain no longer ruled out a alternate for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The Panthers are “monitoring” a Mayfield alternate as Sam Darnold and rookie Matt Corral battle for his or her starting quarterback job, in step with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. On the other hand, Breer significant the Browns would must retain the bulk of Mayfield’s $18.9 million wage in 2022 in mutter for Carolina to switch forward on a deal.
“Clearly, if the Browns eat extra wage sooner, I deem the likelihood exists he would possibly be moved to Carolina (or Seattle) in the next few weeks,” Breer wrote.
The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported Friday that the Browns and Panthers made some progress in alternate negotiations before Carolina drafted Corral in the third round.
Mayfield has been a alternate candidate since the Browns got Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in March. On the other hand, some wonder if the franchise would possibly preserve on to him to begin the 2022 season as Watson faces a seemingly suspension below the NFL’s personal habits protection.
Twenty-two girls folks filed civil cases alleging Watson committed sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
That said, Mayfield requested a alternate before the crew got Watson, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter it’s “in the mutual hobby of every side for us to switch on” and that their relationship is “too a long way long gone to repair.” Or no longer it’s unclear if he’d be originate to starting the season in command of Watson.
Carolina’s hobby in Watson is no longer undoubtedly a surprise. The Panthers traded for Darnold in 2021 as a capacity quarterback of the prolonged jog, nonetheless he didn’t mutter he would possibly play better than his days with the Novel York Jets.
Darnold completed 59.9 p.c of his passes for 2,527 yards and 9 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 12 games. He additionally neglected time with a shoulder smash.
In addition to, Corral is unproven and coming out of a 2022 quarterback class that used to be considered as weaker than in years previous.
With a form of unknowns, the Panthers don’t contain worthy to lose in giving Mayfield a shot in 2022 before he turns into a free agent, equipped the Browns eat about a of his wage.