The Los Angeles Rams have claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers after his release from the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“The Rams now inherit the remaining $1.35 million on Mayfield’s contract. Mayfield is expected to fly to LA by tonight and could play Thursday night vs. the Raiders,” Schefter says, noting the team sent the quarterback the playbook to learn on his flight.

Schefter also explained why the Rams made this move: “They believe in his talent. They need a QB with Matthew Stafford sidelined for the season and John Wolford dealing with a neck injury. And if Mayfield signs elsewhere this off-season, the Rams could get back a compensatory draft pick.”

It was reported earlier Tuesday by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Rams were considering bringing in Mayfield amid Matthew Stafford’s injury woes.

“What I’ve gathered after asking around… *#Rams ‘definitely’ having internal dialogue about adding Baker Mayfield *People around league would be surprised if Texans, Bears, Broncos – ahead of L.A. in waiver order — claim him *Mayfield would be ‘ready to roll’ with this result,” Fowler wrote on Twitter.

Baker Mayfield’s difficult 2022 season in Carolina with the Panthers came to an end after getting cut by the team. He was also linked to the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans after being released.

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recently discussed San Francisco’s stance on Baker Mayfield.

“We look into everything. That surprised me right now. We’ll discuss it this afternoon. Always been a fan of his but I feel pretty good about our players and where we’re at right now,” Shanahan said.

The Niners were linked to Mayfield given Jimmy Garoppolo’s recent injury.

As for the Rams, Matthew Stafford could return toward the end of the season, but the general belief is that his 2022 campaign is over. Nevertheless, he’s expected to return in 2023.

Mayfield’s future is uncertain at the moment, but now he gets another chance with Stafford sidelined.