Buccaneers’ Divisional Rival Just Upgraded Their QB Position

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The NFC South just became a little more competitive for the Buccaneers today. The Carolina Panthers have traded a 2024 conditional fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Baker Mayfield.

From NFL.com‘s Nick Shook,

“Cleveland will pay Mayfield $10.5 million this season, saving over $8 million in cash and salary-cap space, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Carolina, meanwhile, will pay the fifth-year QB around $5 million. Mayfield, who was originally owed $18.858 million, agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut, but can earn back what he gave up in incentives.”

Browns’ owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam statement on the Mayfield trade,

“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.”

The move solidifies the Panthers quarterback situation which has been a huge hole in an otherwise decent Panthers’ roster. The Browns open the 2022 season at Carolina September 11th at 1pm.

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