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Report: Baker Mayfield "Could" Be Traded Tonight

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns passes during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Could a trade centered around Baker Mayfield come to fruition fairly soon? According to Kimberley A. Martin, the Carolina Panthers' pursuit of Mayfield is heating up.

"In NFL QB news: The Panthers’ pursuit of Baker Mayfield continues to heat up … The Browns quarterback *COULD* end up in CAR by tonight or this weekend," Martin tweeted on Friday night. 

Mayfield's trade market hasn't been very active the past few weeks in large part because of his $18.8 million salary for the 2022 season. However, the Panthers have a clear need at quarterback.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer told reporters on Wednesday that he informed Sam Darnold of their plan to add a quarterback to their roster at some point this week.

It's unclear what the Cleveland Browns would receive in return, but it's no secret they're ready to move on from the former No. 1 overall pick.

Mayfield struggled during the 2021 season, but that's because of his shoulder injury. He underwent surgery in the offseason with the hope that he'll be back at full strength for this fall.

If Mayfield does end up in Carolina, he may have to compete with Darnold for the starting job.