Baker Mayfield hopes third time is a charm with the Rams

Baker Mayfield. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Baker Mayfield. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

Baker Mayfield was recently released by the Carolina Panthers and now joins the Los Angeles Rams, his third team in five months

It was quite a fall from grace when Baker Mayfield went from the Cleveland Browns starting center in 2021 to being released by the Carolina Panthers after appearing in just seven games this season.

Mayfield, who found himself behind Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker reportedly asked to be released since he was no longer in the plans for Carolina. Speculation began immediately as the teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams were mentioned as potential landing spots.

The 49ers recently lost Jimmy Graoppolo, who was already replacing Trey Lance. As for the Rams, they have Matthew Stafford on the IR and have had to roll with John Wolford.

San Francisco came out and said they likely had no interest and in the end, it was Los Angeles that put in the claim for the former No. 1 overall pick — as he joins his third team in the past five months.

Mayfield joins a struggling Rams team as they’re just 3-9 one season after winning the Super Bowl. However, this could wind up being a good place for him as he hopes his third shot in the NFL leads to more success.

Baker Mayfield could find success with Sean McVay

Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay has had plenty of success in the NFL, and it wasn’t all with Matthew Stafford. In fact, he made it to the Super Bowl in 2018 with Jared Goff under center.

Goff, another former No. 1 overall pick, even put up more than 4,600 yards in back-to-back seasons for the Rams. This isn’t to say Mayfield will do the same but it’s been clear since he landed in Detroit that Goff was aided by McVay’s play-calling.

Of course, Mayfield is going to have to put the work in. There are clearly shortcomings that continue to keep him from becoming a franchise quarterback and he hasn’t proven he can overcome them.

If that remains the case in L.A., it could spell the end of the road for him, unfortunately.