The Carolina Panthers have informed quarterback Baker Mayfield that they will waive him from their 53-man roster. This comes just five months and less than an entire season since the team traded for him from the Cleveland Browns. He began the season as the team’s starter but lost the job to the backup quarterback PJ Walker. When Walker was benched the team went with a recently recovered Sam Darnold over Mayfield. It ends a rocky and short tenure with Mayfield in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sources: The #Panthers are expected to release QB Baker Mayfield. He’ll hit waivers when it’s finalized later today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2022
This season with the Carolina Panthers, Baker Mayfield completed 119 passes for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions on 206 attempts. He also rushed the ball 16 times for 53 yards and one touchdown on the season. Overall the low-risk move did not work out for the Panthers who ended up defining this season as one for a complete rebuild. They will now finish out the season with Sam Darnold and PJ Walker at quarterback.
The Carolina Panthers will complete the season after firing Head Coach Matt Rhule, trading star running back Christian McCaffery to the San Francisco 49ers, and waving Baker Mayfield. This offseason the team will have some big questions to answer about their identity and path forward. A top 2023 NFL Draft pick will help things, but the franchise has a long way to go from here.