It’s official: The Los Angeles Rams have signed former 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield off of waivers this week after watching backup quarterbacks John Wolford and Bryce Perkins struggle since Matthew Stafford was placed on IR for the rest of the season. LA will eat the rest of Mayfield’s $1.35 million contract but could net themselves a fourth round compensatory pick in 2023 if they decide to let him go after this year.
Former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield was claimed on waivers today by the Los Angeles Rams, per league sources. 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. pic.twitter.com/CAIVhY25Nu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2022
If Mayfield is able to perform decently in the last four games of the season it could mean a spot on the roster for the foreseeable future as a backup for Stafford. The 13-year-veteran is not getting any younger and there has been plenty of speculation of retirement circulating around after winning a Super Bowl with the Rams just last year.
Schefter also reported that the San Francisco 49ers, who are currently starting their third-string quarterback, did not put a waiver claim in for Baker. Field Yates added that, in fact, no other team was competing with the Rams for the QB.
The Rams were the only team to place a waiver claim on Baker Mayfield, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 6, 2022
Fans took to Twitter to voice their instant reactions to Tuesday’s signing of Mayfield. Here are just some of the many posts exploding on the social media platform at the moment.
Baker mayfield is better than any QB we have at the moment it can’t get any worse so we shouldn’t complain at all— C (@Chrispyyy_95) December 6, 2022
“Baker to Atwell touchdown LA” pic.twitter.com/cg7DXEIHLF— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) December 6, 2022
“He’s got a presence and a swag I respect” — Sean McVay on Baker Mayfield https://t.co/clRF0MuLhV pic.twitter.com/b1W13U5Vdc— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 9, 2018
Baker mayfield ??! Wtf is this team doing man pic.twitter.com/m3MerBI4nr— ☘️O’Toole☘️ (@OToole0423) December 6, 2022
How is Baker Mayfield still getting a job.— Ash (@ashmmorris) December 6, 2022
Only the #Rams actually placed a claim Baker Mayfield on waivers, according to @JFowlerESPN— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 6, 2022
Even at $1.35 million salary, it appears no one else wanted him.
Even the Niners said no thanks lmaoooo https://t.co/KIlT68NKfU— Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP) December 6, 2022
Rams fans trashing Baker Mayfield relentlessly over his career and now realizing he’ll be their QB1: pic.twitter.com/xAW9fG7O3I— Cesar (@ClappedCesar) December 6, 2022
So instead of firing Raheem morris we pick up baker mayfield. Rams solving the wrong problems right now— Tyler Boutte (@tyler_boutte22) December 6, 2022
Baker Mayfield has more playoff wins than Justin Herbert the rams still have the best QB in LA #RamsHouse— Cam✨SBLVI CHAMPIONS (@RamsWRLD_) December 6, 2022
Quick edit of Baker Mayfield on the Rams pic.twitter.com/fc8KreHsUy— McNeil (@Reflog_18) December 6, 2022
Baker Mayfield walking into SoFi— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) December 6, 2022
Christian McCaffrey reading that the Rams claimed Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/jj2ucUYD0Z— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) December 6, 2022
There is a chance that Mayfield starts on a short week against the Las Vegas Raiders this Thursday. John Wolford is currently nursing a neck injury and it appears Sean McVay and his staff are not very high on Bryce Perkins after his performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12.
What is your reaction? Do you think Mayfield could carve himself a role on the roster next year or did the Rams make this move for another reason? Let’s discuss in the comments below!