The Los Angeles Rams signed quarterback Baker Mayfield after he was released by the Panthers, to add the former No. 1 draft pick to their option list behind the injured Matthew Stafford for the rest of the season.
Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner and former Cleveland Browns starter, was released by Carolina on Monday at his request after seven disappointing games with the Panthers.
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The struggling Rams host the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, and it’s unclear whether Mayfield will be willing to part with a team that has had to use John Wolford — who has dealt with a neck injury and other issues — and Bryce Perkins.
“I think you guys know as much as I know now,” admitted offensive coordinator Liam Coen when asked whether Mayfield would play Thursday. “I couldn’t tell you. I haven’t spoken to him. I’ve only heard good things about him, his professionalism with Carolina and what happened there.”
Coach Sean McVay was not scheduled to speak to reporters Tuesday after acquiring the quarterback whose college football talents irked the coach, but two coordinators praised the acquisition.
After speculation around the league that Mayfield could join the rival San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens, Mayfield will look to help the injury-plagued Rams (3-9). Los Angeles lost six straight games, becoming the worst season in NFL history for a Super Bowl champion.
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The Rams don’t need to lose intentionally the rest of the season as their first rounder is Detroit and they clearly need some help from the quarterback. It looks like Stafford will be out for the season with a sprained spine, and Wolford and Perkins have been ineffective in three of the last four meetings. Wolford passed for 178 yards and no touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.
Mayfield was named the starter in training camp with Carolina, but went 1–5 as a starter, throwing six touchdown passes and six interceptions.