A day after Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule tried to give his final semi-assurance that Sam Darnold would be his starting quarterback this fall, CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reported the team was still watching. , at least, Baker Mayfield’s situation in Cleveland.
The ongoing cat-and-mouse game has been amplified in recent months since the Browns traded for controversial flagman Deshaun Watson and the Panthers traded for draft pick Matt Corral. Mayfield has long demanded a trade from the team that drafted him No. 1 in 2018, but the process has been muddied by suitors’ potential desire for Cleveland to eat a large chunk of his nearly $19 million salary. .
Both teams completed their mandatory minicamps this week, with Darnold attending in Carolina, but Mayfield was excused from attending.
The Browns and Panthers will face off in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL regular season on September 11.