It’s been about four months since former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and on Wednesday, he finally got his wish.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns agreed to trade Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers for a 2024 conditional fifth-round pick.
The relationship between the Browns and Mayfield soured considerably this past season as Mayfield regressed from his 2020 effort. Mayfield did play through a shoulder injury in 2021, but when the Browns decided to acquire Deshaun Watson — despite 20-plus civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct — Mayfield’s days in Cleveland were numbered.
Mayfield won’t have to wait long to face his former team either. Carolina’s Week 1 opponent is the Cleveland Browns because of course.
A new QB in Carolina: The #Panthers are acquiring former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield from the #Browns for a 2024 conditional 5th-round draft pick, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Deal is pending a physical. All parties split the financials to make it happen. pic.twitter.com/xuTLqosmZm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2022
As expected, NFL fans had so many thoughts on the trade.
This was how Twitter reacted
WORK OUT!🤫 @bakermayfield
— Kyler Murray (@K1) July 6, 2022
Sam Darnold vs. Baker Mayfield QB1 battle with Matt Rhule presiding is one of the saddest I’ve ever seen.
Panthers fans, y’all don’t have to let them disrupt your Sundays if you don’t want to.
— Above Average Peso (@PBSImpulse9) July 6, 2022
Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold sitting at lunch together in Carolina after both being drafted Top 3 in 2018 💀🤣 pic.twitter.com/uR9DwzrIQw
— Wagr (@withwagr) July 6, 2022
Throughout Baker Mayfield’s career, both pro and college, he’s gone scorched earth on any person or team he believes has wronged him. In short, I can’t wait for Week 1.
— Julian Council (@JulianCouncil) July 6, 2022
Glad Baker’s out of there. Hope he makes the most of a fresh start in Carolina.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) July 6, 2022
What the Panthers are doing is reminiscent of how the Cowboys tried to cope after the retirement of Troy Aikman with an insane spree of Ryan Leaf, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson and Drew Henson, spinning new optimism as they reliably discarded one every so often
— Mario Puig (@ThePostingScout) July 6, 2022
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) July 6, 2022
Browns-Panthers in week 1 pic.twitter.com/rfzD0aJpV7
— Danny Rouhier (@funnydanny) July 6, 2022
oh god no
— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) July 6, 2022
That Darnold-Mayfield QB battle for the starting job is going to be a sight to behold.