Issues simply obtained a bit extra attention-grabbing within the NFC South. The Bucs is likely to be dealing with quarterback Baker Mayfield twice a season because the Panthers have traded with the Browns for Mayfield on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport.
A brand new QB in Carolina: The #Panthers are buying former No. 1 total choose Baker Mayfield from the #Browns for a 2024 conditional Fifth-round draft choose, sources inform me and @TomPelissero. Deal is pending a bodily. All events cut up the financials to make it occur. pic.twitter.com/xuTLqosmZm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2022
Mayfield was going to be with a brand new staff this season after the Browns traded for DeShaun Watson and signed him to a five-year deal that’s totally assured. It was only a matter of what staff would commerce for Mayfield and the way the financials can be labored out.
In accordance the NFL Community’s Michael Garofolo, the Browns will nonetheless pay $10.5 million of Mayfield’s contract. That also saves them $8 million on their wage cap. The Panthers are paying him $5 million and are additionally giving the Browns a fifth spherical choose that may flip right into a fourth rounder relying on his enjoying time.
Extra: The #Browns can pay Baker Mayfield $10.5 million this season, which suggests they trimmed over $8 million in money and salary-cap house. The #Panthers can pay Mayfield ~$5 million. Mayfield agreed to trim ~$3.5 million off his base wage.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 6, 2022
Mayfield spent fours seasons with the Browns. He threw for 14, 125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions with a file of 29-30. He made the playoffs in 2020, beating the Steelers and dropping to the Chiefs.
Bucs Dealing with A New QB?
The Panthers have the number one and three total picks from the 2018 NFL Draft with Mayfield and fellow quarterback Sam Darnold. These two will battle it out in coaching camp to be the starter. In addition they have quarterback Matt Corral on the roster, who they drafted within the third spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Bucs swept Darnold and Carolina in his first yr with the staff final season. Tampa Bay held him to 409 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in two video games. He was sacked a mixed six occasions and fumbled twice. The Bucs in whole scored 73 factors in comparison with the Panthers’ 23.
In his solely profession begin in opposition to them again as a rookie in 2018, Mayfield misplaced to the Bucs 26-23 in extra time at Raymond James Stadium. He threw for 215 yards for 2 touchdowns, was sacked 5 occasions and fumbled in that sport.
The Bucs play in opposition to their NFC South rival on the highway in Week 6. They’ll host them at residence in Week 17 on New Yr’s Day.