Baker Mayfield to Rams? L.A. ‘Looking Into’ QB Waiver Claim

The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly doing their homework on recently released quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

Following Matthew Stafford’s injured reserve designation, the Los Angeles Rams are reportedly in the market for help at the quarterback position and are ‘looking into’ the idea of putting in a waiver claim on former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield recently requested his release from the Carolina Panthers, who traded for him this offseason, after he was demoted to the third quarterback spot on the depth chart. 

According to the report, the Rams currently sit fourth in waiver priority behind the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, the latter two of which, already have their quarterback positions settled for the immediate future.

Teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, who just lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the season, will also likely be interested in his services. 

As it stands, the Rams are without a first-round pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, and without that selection, one could argue they have less incentive in standing pat at the position. 

But considering the way he has performed as of late, would Mayfield really be an upgrade over what the Rams currently have on the roster?

We would argue no. 

Through 10 games, Mills completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,144 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions before his benching on Nov. 26.

In 67 career games, Mayfield has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 15,438 yards, 98 touchdowns and 62 interceptions. He is 30-35 as a starting quarterback.

Mayfield finished his disappointing tenure with the Panthers after appearing in seven games. He went 1-5 starting under center while throwing for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Mayfield currently ranks last in the NFL in Total QBR after recording a rating of 18.2.

Meanwhile, the Rams offense finally showed life on Sunday in the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, scoring their highest point total since Week 2, and racking up 319 yards of total offense and 20 first downs with John Wolford under center.

In other words, without draft position at stake, the Rams would seemingly have a much better chance at saving face with the likes of Wolford under center, rather than the perceived ‘problem child’ in Mayfield. 

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