By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

The Baker Mayfield competition continues to drag on. There was speculation that he would transfer to the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers were interested in acquiring the former No. 1 draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday. The two sides had serious talks.

Baker Mayfield warming up before their Christmas Day game with the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Baker Mayfield/Instagram)

However, as the second round continued and the quarterbacks went undrafted, Carolina held on without reaching a deal.

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Teams are hoping Mayfield will be released outright. This means they won’t have to pay wages in a potential trade.

The Cleveland Browns got into a corner. They reached a blockbuster deal with quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Browns had originally dropped out of the contest for Watson. When the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons refused to fully guarantee his contract, Watson’s representatives returned to the Browns, who were prepared to accept the fully guaranteed contract, to complete the trade and the new contract.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer says the Panthers are out of the Mayfield draft. The Panthers drafted former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in the third round.

Unless something changes, Mayfield could be without a place to play next season. He may have to come and fight for a job, but that may not be possible.

There is no rush to make a deal. This will continue to drag on if no trades are made today.

The Seattle Seahawks have been linked to Mayfield. Still, the team has Drew Lock and re-signed Geno Smith to a one-year deal.

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Barring an injury on another team, the Browns could be forced to sit Mayfield out for the season. The Chicago Bears took Nick Foles out last season because they couldn’t find a taker for his salary.

Playing injured last season and his attitude also hurt his chances of being acquired by the front offices.

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