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Baker Mayfield-49ers rumors heat up after Panthers release

With the 49ers in determined want of a quarterback and Baker Mayfield now untethered, are the 2 sides on a collision course?

After the Carolina Panthers launched the previous No. 1 total choose on Monday morning, chatter instantly heated up that San Francisco would pursue Mayfield as they cope with one more devastating quarterback harm.

On Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo – who was by no means alleged to be the starter in 2022 earlier than second-year QB Trey Lance obtained injured – suffered his personal season-ending harm, fracturing his foot throughout San Francisco’s 33-17 victory over the Dolphins. Backup Brock Purdy stepped in and carried out admirably, finishing 25 of 37 go makes an attempt for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, however Purdy is a seventh-round rookie taken with the final choose of the 2022 Draft – this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant.”

The 49ers (8-4) are a playoff workforce, and whereas Mayfield has seemingly gotten worse each year since a promising begin to his career, he nonetheless has playoff expertise, main the Browns to their solely playoff win this century in 2020.

Baker Mayfield with the Panthers
Baker Mayfield with the Panthers
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Jimmy Garoppolo goes down with injury against the Dolphins
Jimmy Garoppolo goes down with harm towards the Dolphins
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Whether or not the 49ers will also have a shot at Mayfield is one other question. Mayfield now goes to waivers, and San Francisco is twenty fourth within the waiver order – that means 23 groups have precedence in the event that they wish to declare him.

The 49ers are the one contending workforce with an apparent want at quarterback, however their division rival, the Rams, are biking by Bryce Perkins and John Wolford below middle, and so they have fourth precedence. The Saints, Colts, Falcons and Jets are all forward of San Francisco with various levels of quarterback uncertainty, although there’s no apparent motive to suppose they might have an interest.

Whichever workforce claims Mayfield would owe him the remaining $1.3 million on his contract, per NFL Network. That would maybe make it extra prohibitive for one of many fringe groups to signal him; the 49ers have simply over $6 million in cap space, per Over The Cap.

Should Mayfield finish up with San Francisco, he could be reunited with Christian McCaffrey, briefly his teammate in Carolina earlier than the Panthers despatched him to the 49ers for a haul of draft picks.

The 49ers signed Josh Johnson off of the Broncos’ apply squad after Garoppolo’s harm.

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