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Truth Behind Baker Mayfield Surprise Exit From Carolina Panthers Revealed

Published 12/06/2022, 10:38 AM EST

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The Carolina Panthers released their starting quarterback on Monday. Baker Mayfield only played six games with the team before they let him go. While many thought the Panthers solely decided to put him on a waiver, a fresh development has come out which claims that the 27-year-old asked for his release.

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The 2022 season was a bust for the veteran QB. He was the starting QB for the Cleveland Browns, but he went from almost signing a new contract to getting traded to Carolina. Baker Mayfield was traded to the Carolina Panthers five months ago in exchange for their 2024 fifth-round draft pick from the Browns.


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Many anticipated his removal because the interim coach, Steve Wilks, had put Mayfield as the third quarterback on the depth chart. According to that, Sam Darnold became the starting QB, PJ Walker, his backup, and the Heisman Trophy winner would have been the third quarterback.

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Therefore, the decision that the team and the shot-caller took was mutual. He will hit the waiver wire where he will be up for grabs by different teams. However, if no team showed interest in him, the first-round overall pick will become a free agent. 

The sudden downfall of Baker Mayfield

The Browns chose Mayfield as their No. 1 overall pick in 2018. There, he flourished as a rookie and set a record for throwing 27 touchdown passes. By doing that, he brought a ray of sunshine to that franchise that had gone 1-31 in the previous two seasons. 


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The two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year experienced a regression in 2019 and under Freddie Kitchens. But in 2020, he was back to being his talented self. 


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Cleveland picked up his fifth-year option, but they did not offer him an extension. In 2021, Mayfield suffered a shoulder injury that needed surgery. But the Browns replaced him with Deshaun Watson. Mayfield was 30-31 as the starting QB. 


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In the off-season, the Panther acquired him for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2024. He completed 57.8% of his passes for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions in the six games he played in.

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Written by:

Neha Joshi


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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial