- The Carolina Panthers are no longer considering a move for a veteran quarterback
- That leaves Baker Mayfield with very few options as he searches for a new team
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As the football world heads into Day 3 of the NFL Draft, the answer to where Baker Mayfield will play next season remains a mystery.
It seemed like the league’s hesitancy to draft any of this year’s quarterbacks might end up helping him find a team, but then a few of the QBs finally came off the board in round 3. Now it appears that one of those picks has taken one team out of the Baker Mayfield sweepstakes.
After drafting Matt Corral in Round 3, Carolina Panthers GM Scott Fitterer announced that the pick would take them out of the running to land a veteran QB.
Panthers GM Scott Fitterer says getting Matt Corral takes him out of the market for a veteran, namely Baker Mayfield.
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) April 30, 2022
This revelation from the Panthers GM leaves Baker with very few remaining landing spots. The Seattle Seahawks appear to be the only obvious possibility left after they didn’t draft a QB on either of the draft’s first 2 days.
They still have plenty of weapons on offense and drafted Charles Cross to help with their O-Line issues. None of that will matter with Drew Lock as their starting QB, but Baker might be able to compete with this Seahawks roster.
If the Seahawks don’t make a move for him, Baker would need a team with a less obvious need at quarterback to decide to take a chance on him. However, there aren’t many options for him there, either.
Maybe the Buccaneers could bring Baker in to learn behind Tom Brady for a year in the hopes that he’d return next season if Brady retires in a situation similar to what we’ve seen with Jameis Winston and the Saints.
Otherwise, his best possible outcome might be a trade to the New York Giants. The Giants just turned Daniel Jones’ 5th-year option and might be open to a quarterback competition. They drafted a couple of players in Round 1 who should have immediate impacts for them and have invested heavily at wide receiver.
The idea of seeing those decisions pay off sooner with Baker instead of Jones might entice them to make a move at what would have to be a very low cost.
Whatever his market actually looks like right now, Baker Mayfield can’t be feeling great about his situation heading into Day 3 of the NFL Draft.