Browns agree to trade Baker Mayfield to Panthers

NEWNow you can listen to Fox News articles!

Baker Mayfieldthe former No. 1 overall pick, is reportedly moving from the Cleveland Browns months after the team acquired Deshawn Watson from the Houston Texans.

The Browns traded Mayfield for Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick, the NFL network said Wednesday. The deal is under review.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS ADS ON FOXNEWS.COM

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks the field before a Cincinnati Bengals game on January 20.  September 9, 2022 in Cleveland.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks the field before a Cincinnati Bengals game on January 20. September 9, 2022 in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/Nick Cammett, file)

The Browns later announced an agreement.

“Baker Mayfield infused our organization with grit and grit when he was our starting quarterback. Baker’s competitiveness, toughness and perseverance are all traits that have endeared him to our city and also to his teammates,” said Browns general manager Andrew Berry. “He will always have a unique place in Browns history for what he has achieved and we wish him the best as he continues his career.”

The Haslams, who own the Browns, also released a statement about the Mayfield deal.

“We want to thank Baker for all his contributions to the Cleveland Browns. From the moment he was drafted, he gave his all to this organization and this city. With his fierce competitive spirit, he excited fans and accomplished what no other player has ever achieved. his position in Cleveland had been a success for a very long time. He has also made a difference in society, whether it’s hosting Boys’ and Girls’ Club events, honoring our soldiers, supporting Special Olympics, and countless other charitable causes. grateful for all he has done for this organization and wish him and Emily all the best for the future.”

Carolina will now have a competition for the starting quarterback position. Mayfield will face Sam Darnold, who was selected in the same draft as Mayfield but by the New York Jets. Mayfield made his first appearance as a quarterback against the Jets and Darnold in the third week of the 2018 season. Mayfield led the Browns out of an 11-point deficit to win the game 21–17.

To make things even more interesting, the Panthers are set to play the Browns in the first week of this season. It’s unclear who will be the starting quarterback in Cleveland. Watson is set for the long term but he faces potential disciplinary action for two dozen civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault. Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits. Jacoby Brisset is another quarterback for the Browns.

BRETT FAVRE SAYS NUMBERS MAY SUFFER WITHOUT AARON ROGERS, LIKE HIS QUARTERBECK

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield lines up for a game against the Baltimore Ravens.  February 12, 2021 in Cleveland.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield lines up for a game against the Baltimore Ravens. February 12, 2021 in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/Kirk Irwin, file)

Mayfield played four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland to a playoff victory in 2020. It was their first playoff win since the 1994 season. It was also Cleveland’s first playoff appearance since 2002 and the first winning season since 2007.

His 2021 season was in disarray as he struggled to play due to injuries. In 14 games, he had 3,010 passing yards, 17 touchdown passes, and 13 interceptions.

According to NFL networkThis season, the Browns will pay Mayfield about $10.5 million, while the Panthers will pay about $5 million.

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold passes to the New England Patriots in November.  September 7, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold passes to the New England Patriots in November. September 7, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Carolina was 5-12 last season and finished last in the NFC South. The team finished 29th in scoring and 30th in yards gained.