Baker Mayfield’s roller coaster ride of 2022 continued this week as the Carolina Panthers released him. It seemed to be an amicable decision between both sides as the Panthers were moving forward with Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback and P.J. Walker as his backup. That left Mayfield in no man’s land, so it makes sense that he would want to move on.
He was on waivers until Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t a surprise that he was picked up. What is somewhat surprising is the team that added him. Many people speculated that the San Francisco 49ers, who lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a broken foot on Sunday, would put in a claim for Mayfield. They went in a different direction, signing Josh Johnson and are ready to roll with rookie Brock Purdy.
Instead, Mayfield is heading out west as he was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams. Matthew Stafford was placed on the IR, likely ending his season, so it makes sense that the Rams would want another veteran in the building. John Wolford was set to be the starter with Bryce Perkins as his backup, but neither instilled much confidence as a starter.
It is certainly up for debate how much better of an option Mayfield is, especially since he will have to learn a new playbook in such a short period of time. Los Angeles is set to host the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football, giving Mayfield only two days to prepare to take the field with his new team.
One person who doesn’t believe Mayfield is going to offer much to the Rams is Hall of Famer, Shannon Sharpe. During a recent episode of UNDISPUTED, Sharpe ripped the Rams for bringing in Mayfield.
“I don’t expect Baker Mayfield to save the day. The Rams are a bad team, he’s a bad QB.”
Sharpe does make some valid points as it is hard to imagine Mayfield turning things around for the Rams, especially on short notice. There is a reason, after all, why the Cleveland Browns traded him during the offseason and the Panthers benched him just five games into the season.
His performance this season has been abysmal as he has completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,313 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. Baker Mayfield is entering a rough situation as well as the Rams have one of the worst running games in the NFL and their weapon are depleted with Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson both sidelined.