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Browns willing to eat more than half of Baker Mayfield’s salary but Panthers not budging

6/20/2022 1:49:48 PM
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The Cleveland Browns have a couple of quarterback controversies on their hands. That includes Baker Mayfield remaining on their roster with roughly five weeks to go before training camp despite the blockbuster trade for Deshaun Watson.

Cleveland has been unable to find a trade partner for the enigmatic former No. 1 overall pick. Meanwhile, talks with the Carolina Panthers have seemingly stalled over money issues, Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut reports.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Cleveland is doing its best to make sure a Mayfield trade goes through. That includes eating up to $10 million of his $18.86 million salary for this coming season.

“Cleveland’s been willing to take on a fair amount of Baker’s salary, like $9, $10 million,” Breer said. 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.”

Albert Breer on Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield trade talks

This is a rather interesting development in that the Browns eating $10 million would leave the Panthers to pay a mere $8.86 million for a quarterback in Mayfield who would be an upgrade over Sam Darnold. For some reason, Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer is not biting.

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