The Browns have traded quarterback Baker Mayfield from Cleveland to the Panthers. This ends months of speculation about Mayfield's next destination since Deshaun Watson was acquired by Cleveland in March.
The Browns will soon see Mayfield once again as Cleveland faces Carolina in Week 1. As the No. Jimmy and Dee Haslam, the team's owners, released a statement expressing gratitude to Mayfield for his contribution to the Cleveland Browns.
The Haslams stated that "from the moment he got drafted, he gave everything for this organization" and the city. He was a fierce competitor who captivated the fans and did things no other player in Cleveland had accomplished for so long. He was also a positive influence in the community by hosting events at Boys and Girls Club, honoring the troops, and supporting the Special Olympics and many other charitable endeavors. We are grateful to him for all he did for the organization and we wish him and Emily every success in the future."
Andrew Berry, Browns General Manager, said that Mayfield "infused our organisation with tenacity & grit during our time as our starting quarterback."
"Baker's determination, toughness and perseverance were the qualities that made him a beloved member of our team as well as our city. We will forever be grateful to him for all that he did and wish him the best as he pursues his career."
Mayfield's 29-30 record as a Cleveland starter helped the club reach its first playoff appearance since 2002. It also led to the club's first win since the 1994 season. Mayfield completed 60.5 per cent of his passes last year for 3,010 yards, with 17 touchdowns et 13 interceptions.
Watson is joined by Jacoby Brissett, Josh Dobbs and Josh Dobbs as quarterbacks for the Browns.