Browns trading Baker Mayfield to Panthers for 2024 conditional fifth-round draft pick

 Mayfield's journey with Cleveland began with the No.

Since mid-March, the Browns have shopped Mayfield, but with little leverage in trade negotiations

the team kept Mayfield on its roster and away from the facility while awaiting an acceptable offer.

– With his fierce competitive spirit, he excited the fanbase and accomplished things that no player at his position had done in Cleveland for a very long time." –

Mayfield heads to Carolina, where fellow 2018 top-three selection Sam Darnold already resides on a nearly identical rookie deal.

Both Mayfield and Darnold are in the fifth and final year of their contracts

both of which were set to account for $18.858 million in salary cap space.