How much will Baker Mayfield move the needle?
The Carolina Panthers played the waiting game and got good value for Baker Mayfield in the grand scheme of things. But that does not detract from the expectations that now surround the quarterback in 2022.
Mayfield will be tasked with finally getting the Panthers back to prominence. It’s going to be difficult, but the talent is there providing Christian McCaffrey stays healthy and an improved offensive line also lives up to their end of the bargain.
Just how much Mayfield can move the needle is a concern. Fans will be wondering what record the Panthers might need for Matt Rhule to potentially get another year and if things go better than anticipated, it might see the signal-caller get the franchise tag or a longer-term commitment for good measure.
This is going to be nothing short of fascinating seeing how Mayfield bounces back in an unfamiliar environment. There have been moments when he looks like a world-beater under center, but the player will want to put last season firmly in the rearview mirror at the earliest possible opportunity.
Everything is seemingly in place for Mayfield and this is a starting gig straight away after being cast aside by the Cleveland Browns. We wait with bated breath to see what comes next.