However, the lack of interest in both has caused the price to come down and if the draft plays out a certain way, Wolfe notes the Panthers could trade for either veteran.
Wolfe adds there isn’t a consensus on how to proceed with the draft yet among the Panthers’ top decision-makers. The team is very open to trading back and picking up more picks on Day 2.
There is also a faction that wants to take an offensive tackle, with both Alabama’s Evan Neal and N.C. State’s Ikem Ekwonu high on their board. Others are ready to take a swing on a high-upside quarterback, perhaps Liberty’s Malik Willis.
Either way, there’s still time for Carolina to firm up its plans heading into Thursday.
Mayfield, 26, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma in 2018. He just finished the fourth year of a four-year, $32.68 million rookie deal that included a $21.85 million signing bonus.
The Browns exercised Mayfield’s fifth-year option which will cost Cleveland $18.858 million fully guaranteed in 2022.
In 2021, Mayfield appeared in 14 games and completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.
We’ll have more on Mayfield as the news is available.