The Carolina Panthers are nonetheless considered as essentially the most logical suitor for Baker Mayfield, however they haven’t been ready to discover center floor in trade discussions with the Cleveland Browns. It seems like there’s one subject standing in the way in which of a deal — cash.
Mayfield is owed $18.9 million within the remaining yr of his rookie contract. No crew desires to pay that, particularly understanding that the Browns have Deshaun Watson no and haven’t any intention of preserving Mayfield. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated mentioned throughout a latest look on “The Rich Eisen Show” that Cleveland is will to eat about half of Mayfield’s wage.
“Cleveland’s been willing to take on a fair amount of Baker’s salary, like $9, $10 million,” Breer mentioned, via SI.com’s Daniel Chavkin. “For people out there who think that Cleveland’s holding on to Baker as Deshaun insurance, they wouldn’t be offering to take on a pretty significant portion of the guy’s salary if they were looking to hold him until there’s more clarity in the Deshaun Watson case.”
Breer added that the Panthers will solely trade for Mayfield “if it’s a bargain.” That doubtless means they need to pay lots lower than half of the 27-year-old’s wage.
The Panthers have continued to show interest in Mayfield. A latest report claimed groups have a specific price in mind that they are willing to pay, and it will require the Browns consuming greater than half of Mayfield’s contract.
Mayfield has been linked to another surprise team recently, however it looks as if he’s destined for Carolina. Though, extra groups might enter the combo if the Browns minimize him. If the Panthers consider Mayfield may be their starter, they might ultimately agree to pay extra of his wage than they have been hoping.