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Carolina Panthers waive QB Baker Mayfield

The Carolina Panthers announced on Monday they have waived veteran quarterback Baker Mayfield.  Panthers coach Steve Wilks told reporters Monday that Sam Darnold will start in Week 14; and P.J. Walker will be the second-string quarterback.  Said Wilks of Mayfield: “Baker has been nothing but a professional since he’s been here. He is a complete pro. I have tremendous respect for him. He and I had a conversation and I talked about my decision at the time. … This is a tough business. Sitting in this seat, it’s a tough decision on my part, but it was something I felt was the best move for the team moving forward.”

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, completed a career-low 57.8% of his throws for 1,313 yards, six scores and six interceptions in seven games this season and posted a 1-5 record as a starter. The 27-year-old, who joined the Panthers in a July trade from the Cleveland Browns, completed 21 of 33 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions in his last start, a 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens  in Baltimore on Nov. 20.

The Panthers (4-8) were on bye in Week 13, and will face the Seattle Seahawks (7-5) at 4:25 p.m. EST Sunday in Seattle.

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