CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a trade with the Carolina Panthers for quarterback Baker Mayfield. The deal, pending a physical, will send a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2024 to Cleveland for the four-year veteran.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports the Browns will also pay $10.5 million of Mayfield’s current contract. The Panthers will be responsible for $5 million, and Mayfield will agree to trim the remaining $3.5 million.
In a release from the team, Browns’ owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said, “We want to thank Baker for all his contributions to the Cleveland Browns. From the moment he was drafted, he gave his all for this organization and this city. With his fierce competitive spirit, he excited the fanbase and accomplished things that no player at his position had done in Cleveland for a very long time. He also made a difference in the community, whether it was hosting events at the Boys and Girls Club, honoring our troops, supporting the Special Olympics as well as countless other charitable endeavors. We are grateful for everything he did for this organization and wish him and Emily well in the future.”
“Baker Mayfield infused our organization with tenacity and grit during his time as our starting quarterback, added Browns general manager Andrew Berry. “Baker’s competitiveness, toughness and ability to persevere were all characteristics that endeared him to our city as well as his teammates. He will always have a unique place in Browns history for what he accomplished and we wish him well as he continues his career.”
Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
In four seasons in Cleveland, Mayfield piled up 14,125 yards and 92 touchdowns, with 56 interceptions in 60 games. He led the Browns to a playoff appearance in 2020, helping them to a win over the rival Steelers.
Mayfield is the only player in Browns history to throw for 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2022 season at Carolina on Sunday, September 11th.