After months of hinting at making a move for Baker Mayfield, the Carolina Panthers finally pulled off the trade. They sent a 2024 conditional fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for the former top overall pick. The biggest loser in this trade is perhaps Robbie Anderson, the Panthers wide receiver who absolutely, positively did not want to team up with Mayfield.

Anderson made it crystal clear that he does not want Mayfield as his quarterback. After years of playing with mediocre-to-bad quarterbacks like Sam Darnold, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, he is once again teaming up with a lackluster QB. Mayfield had a dismal, injury-riddled season and will now be competing with Darnold for the top spot on the depth chart.

Mayfield was traded from the Browns for next to nothing after they traded for Deshaun Watson. After the blockbuster move to bring in the Houston Texans’ disgraced star QB, Mayfield demanded a trade, which signified that Cleveland would have to move on from him at some point this offseason. Cleveland originally didn’t want to pay any of Mayfield’s salary in order to find a trade for him. Now, they will have to pay some of it as they finally ship him off the Carolina.

Now that the Panthers have a quarterback room with the Baker “backwards hat guy” Mayfield and Sam “thick, trunky, coastal kid with a Midwest ethos” Darnold, as well as rookie Matt Corral, they will have numerous options under center. Whether any of them can lead Carolina anywhere is another question.