Panthers called 'a terrible place' for Browns QB Baker Mayfield
In terms of his immediate playing future, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn't seem to have much of a choice after his team offered Deshaun Watson a king's ransom in draught picks
and the largest guaranteed contract in league history. But if he does, Mike Sando of The Athletic reports that he might not want to give it to the Carolina Panthers.
On a recent episode of The Athletic Football Show podcast, the NFL senior writer, who was filling in for Robert Mays, suggested that Mayfield should definitely avoid Charlotte in 2022.
Although the Panthers have shown some interest in signing the former first-round choice, their uncertain circumstances going into the 2019 season might not be the best place for them to go right now.
Sando remarked, "I happen to think Carolina's not a good fit for him. Additionally, I am familiar with Baker's agents and can attest to their professionalism and moral character.
They are also aware of it. However, I believe Carolina is a hornet's nest because I believe the coach and everyone else there are under pressure.
They have a proprietor who is prepared to initiate a reset at any time. And if I'm Baker, that might be unattractive and disorganised. That doesn't seem to make any sense to me.
Randy Mueller, a co-host and former NFL general manager of the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, immediately agreed with Sando's assessment and said that Carolina would be "a terrible place" for Mayfield.
And, to be really honest, it's not actually the best option.
Certainly, the prognosis is better than it was last year, particularly offensively.
Under the supervision of new coordinator Ben McAdoo, the team has already improved its offensive line, which is highlighted by the selection of Ikem Ekwonu with the sixth overall choice.
But the Panthers are in a bit of a pickle because of where head coach Matt Rhule is right now. Rhule and several of his teammates may be out the door if he turns in yet another lacklustre performance this season,
including Mayfield and his contract that is about to expire.