It’s 2022. The New Orleans Saints just shut out Tom Brady and the Bucs for the second time. The Falcons desperately miss Matt Ryan as Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder play a fun game called “Who can lose more games?” And the dumpster fire that is the Panthers franchise continues to burn with Baker Mayfield under center.
For the record, no trade has been completed. Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers is not a done deal, and there’s a fair chance Sam Darnold will be the starting, albeit disgruntled, quarterback for Carolina in 2022.
Make no mistake, NOLA relishes at the opportunity to play against Darnold twice a year, but the team wouldn’t mind facing Mayfield, either.
Rumors around Mayfield’s potential trade continue to swirl this offseason as Carolina reportedly want to execute a deal with “urgency.” No other teams have shown interest in acquiring Mayfield at the time of this writing.
NOLA Saints would love to play against the Progressive Guy twice this season
The one factor preventing a Mayfield trade from happening appears to be the money issue, as the Browns and Panthers currently disagree on how much of Mayfield’s salary each team takes on.
Carolina selected Matt Corral in the 2022 NFL Draft and questionably picked up Sam Darnold’s fifth year option, so if the team successfully acquires Mayfield, that would mean they have three potential starters in the quarterback room.
As the Saints well know, the more is not the merrier when it comes to the QB position.
In any case, Saints fans are no doubt rubbing their hands with glee as they watch the Panthers orchestrate their own destruction. Carolina’s front office has been in dire need of a top-to-bottom cleanout for some time now, and a potential trade for Baker Mayfield joins the list of downright awful decisions the team has made in recent history.
Mayfield had more Progressive insurance commercials than wins as a starting quarterback last year and brings more drama than expertise to any team willing enough to “fix” him.
Yes, he has NFL starting experience, could feasibly string together a few wins, and was absolutely mistreated by the Browns this offseason. In a karmic world, Mayfield deserves better.
From the Saints perspective, though, Mayfield would represent just another schmuck along the line of lowly, pitiful Panthers quarterbacks who are no match against NOLA’s top-10 defense in 2022.
If Carolina really does want to trade for Baker Mayfield this offseason, by all means, be our guest.