In case you have not heard, after plenty of speculation about whether or not the Cleveland Browns would trade QB Baker Mayfield before the 2022 season, that is exactly what happened and Mayfield is now a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Of course, as soon as the trade was made, many checked the NFL schedule to see if the Browns play the Panthers in 2022 and it did not take long to see that they will square off in Week 1 of the regular season!
Baker Mayfield already has one game marked on his calendar
On Tuesday, Baker Mayfield was officially introduced as a member of the Carolina Panthers and he said he already has the Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns marked on his calendar.
“I'm not going to sit here and be a robot and tell you that's not one I've marked on the calendar already,” Mayfield said. “One, that's not who I am. To me, it's about winning games. Whoever we have marked on the schedule, I'm going to try to win. Obviously, this one has a little more history and personal meaning, but for me, it's about winning and setting the tone for the rest of the year, and however I can help this team do that, I'm going to do.”
Asked if he was the kind of person who held grudges, Mayfield grinned and said: “I try not to.”
Mayfield, who had spent his entire career with the Browns before being traded, said he is happy to be in a place where he is actually wanted.
“There was a little bit of sacrifice on all three fronts, between Cleveland, Carolina, and myself,” Mayfield said. “To me, it's ready for a fresh start first and foremost. I'm extremely grateful for the four years I had in Cleveland, it's a great football town. It's the start of my career, however long, God willing, it will be. I'm thankful for it.
“A lot of ups and downs, a lot of things I learned, but when it came down to it, it was wanting a fresh start, wanting to be with a coach and a GM that truly wanted me, . . . and just wanting the same thing, and that's to win football games. “
Nation, do you think this will be a good fit for Baker Mayfield? Do you think he will be the Panthers starting quarterback right out of the gates? We sure hope so as it would be fun to watch him play against his former team.