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Panthers considered acquiring Baker Mayfield during draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Baker Mayfield sweepstakes continue to drag on. There was some speculation that he would be moved to the Carolina Panthers.

On Friday, the Panthers were interested in acquiring the former No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The two sides had serious talks.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield warms up before their Christmas Day game with the Green Bay Packers
Baker Mayfield warms up before their Christmas Day game with the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Baker Mayfield/Instagram)

However, as the second round went on and quarterbacks were not drafted, Carolina held tight without making a deal.

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Teams are hoping that Mayfield will be outright released. This will mean that they will not have to pay any salary in a potential trade.

The Cleveland Browns have placed themselves in a corner. They made a blockbuster deal with quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Browns had dropped out of the sweepstakes for Watson initially. When the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons refused to fully guarantee his contract, then Watson’s reps went back to the Browns, who were willing to agree to the fully guaranteed contract, to complete the trade and new contract.

Panthers GM Scott Fitterer claims that the Panthers are out of the Mayfield sweepstakes. The Panthers drafted former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in the third round.

Unless something changes, Mayfield may be without a place to play next season. He may have to come in to fight for a job but that may not be possible.

There is no urgency to make a deal. This will continue to drag out if no trade is made today.

The Seattle Seahawks have been linked to Mayfield. Yet, the team has Drew Lock and re-signed Geno Smith to a one-year deal.

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Barring an injury on another team, the Browns may be forced to have Mayfield sit out the season. The Chicago Bears had Nick Foles sit out the season last year since they were unable to find a taker for his salary.

Playing hurt last season and his attitude has also hurt his chances to be acquired by front offices.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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