Mayfield claimed off waivers by QB-needy Rams

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Quarterback Baker Mayfield was claimed off waivers by the Rams on Tuesday after being cut by the Panthers a day earlier.

Sources: Baker Mayfield claimed off waivers by QB-needy Rams 4:14 PM ET Sarah BarshopESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Marquette University graduate THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams have claimed quarterback Baker Mayfield off waivers, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The Carolina Panthers waived Mayfield on Monday, something interim coach Steve Wilks said was a mutual agreement between the two sides. Wilks said Mayfield asked to be released after finding out he wouldn't be the starting quarterback or backup in Carolina going forward. The Rams will inherit the remaining $1.35 million on Mayfield's contract. Mayfield is expected to fly to Los Angeles by Tuesday night and could play as soon as Thursday night against the Las Vegas Raiders as the Rams are in the process of sending the playbook to him to make sure he can study the offense on his flight, Schefter is reporting. Asked if Mayfield has a chance to play against the Raiders, one source said, "there's a shot." Editor's Picks 'Tough business': Panthers waive QB Mayfield 9h David Newton Spinal cord contusion likely to keep Stafford out 2d Sarah Barshop 1 Related On Saturday, the Rams put starting quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve due to a spinal cord contusion. Stafford has been sidelined since he injured his neck in the Rams' Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints , a game he left after being evaluated for a concussion. McVay later said Stafford felt some numbness in his legs after taking a hit in that game. Although Stafford is eligible to return in Week 17, McVay said "there's a good chance" the quarterback will not play again this season. Backup quarterback John Wolford started in the Rams' Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks but was checked out several times by the team's medical staff during the game. He was listed on the injury report on Monday with a neck injury. If Mayfield doesn't play, either Wolford or third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins will start Thursday night's game. Perkins started in the Rams' Week 12 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs while Wolford was injured. Worst Total QBR in a season Baker Mayfield has an 18.2 Total QBR in 2022, ranked 520th out of 521 qualified QB seasons since the stat started being tracked in 2006. Season/Team QBR 2010 CAR Jimmy Clausen 13.8 2022 CAR Baker Mayfield 18.2 2011 JAX Blaine Gabbert 22.2 2006 OAK Andrew Walter 23.0 2018 ARI Josh Rosen 24.1 -- ESPN Stats & Information The Panthers traded for Mayfield in July, sending the Cleveland Browns a conditional 2024 fifth-round draft pick that could have become a fourth had Mayfield played 70% of the snaps. Mayfield did not hit that mark this season. Mayfield, who started six games for the Panthers this season, ranks last in the NFL in Total QBR among qualified quarterbacks with a rating of 18.2, which also is the second-worst ever among 541 qualified passers since the stat has been tracked, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The next lowest this season is Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills with a rating of 29.2. Mayfield, the first overall pick in 2018, won the Panthers' starting job in training camp after an open competition with Sam Darnold , the third pick of the 2018 draft. He went 1-5 as a starter this season and had a career-low 57.8 completion percentage and threw only six touchdown passes to six interceptions. Mayfield has completed 61.2% of his passes in 67 career games (65 starts) for 15,438 yards, 98 touchdowns and 62 interceptions. He also has rushed for 623 yards and six touchdowns. ESPN's David Newton contributed to this report.