In a bizarre sequence of things in a shocking turn of events, the Carolina Panthers are dropping Baker Mayfield. Ian Rapoport broke the news on Monday that Carolina had announced the release of Mayfield, who was the previous No. 1 overall pick, presumably considering the future of the team’s performance during their off this week.
Mayfield is set to go through the waiver wire and the team that takes Mayfield will be owed only $4.25 million, as per Pro Football Talk. It’s not a great deal considering that he was owed upwards of $15 million in the course of the season. That is a good buy-low option for the final month or two in the regular season. But, the sudden departure of Mayfield is a bit odd and it’s possible that teams will hold off on signing his services until they look deeper into the reason Carolina has decided to cut the player out with just six games left.
Whatever way he chooses to find his new home, Mayfield will undoubtedly have several potential buyers since there’s every time someone who believes they have the ability to solve his problem. Here are some options for Mayfield to consider, whether through either the waiver process or through free agency.
San Francisco 49ers
The obvious option that everyone will discuss this morning. The Niners recently lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season and will need to make a decision on the third-stringer Brock Purdy at QB the remaining time. In the event that they want to target Mayfield. He’s not familiar with the game as Purdy does, but is able to throw the type of throws that the 2022 seventh-round selection can’t. Presumably. If anyone can repair whatever’s been ailing Mayfield for the last two years the answer is Kyle Shanahan.
The Niners aren’t in a position to be admired, but they could be able to decide that the player who took the first pick during the selection process is better than the one who came last, regardless of the way Mayfield has been performing lately. It’s hard to say if they’ll actually do it. However, they’ll definitely think about it.
The Texans are not very offensive and have lost any hope of winning this season. It was obvious when they suspended Davis Mills for Kyle Allen. Houston is so badly down they’re refusing to let Mills try to get anything moving. Allen has, in some way, been more awry. What are they going to lose by taking on Mayfield and then throwing him in the final couple of weeks in the season?
The most likely scenario is that he’s just as worse than their current quarterbacks. The best scenario is that the momentum builds enough that the team could look at bolstering non-QB areas of the roster at the time of the draft in spring. It’s unlikely that they would even in the event that Mayfield did not play with a clear mind, but it’s nice to have options, right?
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams don’t need QBs for the next couple of years. They’re better off using John Wolford or Bryce Perkins to see if either of them can become reliable backups to Matthew Stafford in the near future. Why would they want to add Mayfield? They are fourth in the waiver wire list. The Niners rank 25th. Los Angeles could very easily make a petty decision and take over Mayfield and their rivals in the division don’t have a chance of doing that regardless of whether they’d even consider it.
The Rams are in exactly the position the team must be for something similar to this. They’re not able to lose because they owe their first round pick to the Lions. They’re not likely to being successful because they’re 3-9 and have every good player in the IR. The only thing they coulddo during the final days of their season would be to take one last shot in San Francisco before preparing for the next season. It’s not likely, however, it is not out of the realm of possibility.