There is a possibility that the quarterback will debut as early as Thursday night, when the Angels face the Raiders at the start of Week 14.
THOUSAND OAKS — The Los Angeles Rams have claimed quarterback Baker Mayfield via waivers, the team announced Tuesday.
The Carolina Panthers released Mayfield on Monday, something interim coach Steve Wilks said was a mutual agreement between the parties. Wilks said Mayfield asked to be released after learning he would not be Carolina’s starting or backup quarterback in the future.RELATED
The Rams will inherit the remaining $1.35 million of Mayfield’s contract.
Mayfield is expected to fly to Los Angeles on Tuesday night and could play as early as Thursday against the Las Vegas Raiders, while the Rams are in the process of sending him the playbook to ensure he can study during the flight, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. When asked if Mayfield had a chance to play against the Raiders, a source told Schefter, “there is a chance.”
On Saturday, the Rams placed starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve with a spinal concussion. Stafford has been sidelined since he strained his neck in the Rams’ Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints, a game he left after being evaluated for concussion. McVay later said Stafford felt numbness in his legs after taking a hit in the match.
The Rams will inherit the remaining $1.35 million of Baker Mayfield’s contract after adding him to their roster via waivers. AP Photo
Although Stafford is eligible to return in Week 17, McVay said “there’s a good chance” the quarterback won’t play again this season.
Backup quarterback John Wolford started during the Rams’ Week 13 loss against the Seattle Seahawks, but was reviewed multiple times by the club’s medical staff throughout the game. He was listed on Monday’s injury report with a neck problem.
If Mayfield doesn’t play, it would be Wolford or third quarterback Bryce Perkins who starts Thursday’s game. Perkins started during the Week 12 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, with Wolford hurt.
The Panthers acquired Mayfield in July, sending the Cleveland Browns a conditional 2024 fifth-round pick that could have become a fourth-round pick had Mayfield played 70 percent of the snaps. Mayfield missed that mark on the season.
Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, won the Panthers’ starting job in training camp after an open competition with Sam Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He left with a 1-5 record as a starter. on the season, completing just a career-low 57.8 percent of his passes while throwing for six touchdown passes against six interceptions.
Mayfield, who started six games for the Panthers this season, ranks last in the NFL in Total QBR among qualified quarterbacks at 18.2, the second-worst among 521 qualified quarterbacks since tracking began in 2006, according to ESPN. Stats & Information. The next worst mark this season is Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills at 29.2.
Information from David Newton was used in the writing of this note.