Baker Mayfield helped the Cleveland Browns rise from the abyss of the NFL, however the franchise’s resolution makers turned satisfied he could not quarterback them to the promised land.
On Wednesday, the Browns made their long-awaited cut up from Mayfield, buying and selling him to the Carolina Panthers.
The Browns will obtain a conditional fifth-round choose in 2024 for Mayfield, whom former normal supervisor John Dorsey drafted first general in 2018 on the heels of Cleveland going a mixed 1-31 the earlier two seasons. The Browns have additionally agreed to pay about $10.5 million of Mayfield’s $18.885 million deal.
Cleveland will open the upcoming season at Carolina on Sept. 11.
The franchise’s lack of religion in Mayfield contributed to the Browns touring down a controversial path with Deshaun Watson, the previous Houston Texans quarterback who has been accused by way of the judicial system of sexual misconduct by 26 ladies throughout therapeutic massage appointments. Watson has denied all wrongdoing — a place he reiterated March 25 throughout his introductory information convention with the Browns.
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The logical touchdown spots for Mayfield dwindled March 21 when the Indianapolis Colts traded with the Atlanta Falcons for Matt Ryan, the Falcons agreed to signal Marcus Mariota and the New Orleans Saints struck a deal to re-sign Jameis Winston.
Then the NFL draft handed in late April with commerce talks between the Browns and Panthers fizzling.
These discussions had been revisited, and now there’s decision — lastly.
Mayfield is simply the third quarterback within the NFL widespread period (since 1967) to develop into a No. 1 general choose and final 4 or fewer seasons with their first group, in response to ESPN Stats & Data. The others are JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders, 2007-09) and Jeff George (Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93).