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Potential Landing Spot Emerges For Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

In the immediate wake of Baker Mayfield's release by the Carolina Panthers, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that the former first overall pick would land with the San Francisco 49ers.

After all, it made perfect sense. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had suffered a season-ending injury and Kyle Shanahan's squad had no clear replacement in house. 

The only roadblock was another team claiming Mayfield before the Niners had a chance to. And now, it appears that may come to fruition. 

According to Albert Breer, there's a real possibility that Mayfield lands with the Los Angeles Rams. 

"I was told the Rams are looking into claiming Baker Mayfield," Breer tweeted. "They're fourth in waiver priority—behind only the Texans, Bears and Broncos."

This instantly becomes an interesting possibility as none of the three teams would seem to have a clear incentive to pick up Mayfield. The tanking Texans have nothing to gain by taking on the remaining year of Mayfield's contract. And the Bears and Broncos, by contrast, have franchise QBs who are locked into starting roles. 

The Rams are going nowhere in 2022, but could offer Mayfield the opportunity to pick up starts and effectively audition for a job next season. The beleaguered team has started Bryce Perkins and John Wolford in the last two weeks. Each player is undrafted, and not considered to be a quarterback to build a team around. 

If head coach Sean McVay and the Rams opt to claim Mayfield off waivers, Baker will have a low-risk, high-reward opportunity to start four or so games. And the move would effectively kneecap the 49ers, as the Rams' west coast rival would still be left without a QB1. 

We'll see in the coming hours if Mayfield makes his new home in Inglewood or San Francisco.