Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield had a few options to describe what he plans to do to his former team when Carolina takes on the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
According to Buffalo Bills reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield told her, “I will [expletive] them up” during a postgame chat following the Panthers’ 21-0 victory last Friday at Bank of America Stadium.
Frelund shared details of her conversation with Mayfield while appearing on an episode of the Around the NFL podcast that aired Monday night with Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler and Gregg Rosenthal. Frelund also works for the NFL Network as an analyst.
Before detailing the conversation, Hanzus asked Frelund about her interaction with Mayfield.
“You recently met Baker Mayfield, the former Browns quarterback,” Hanzus said. “I was hoping you could share an exchange you had.”
Frelund responded by sharing her on-field interaction with Mayfield following the preseason finale between the Panthers and the Bills.
“I was like, ‘Screw some ass.’ I didn’t say that word,” she said with a laugh as she recounted her conversation with Mayfield. “… Go kick some butt, especially in Week 1, I like not waiting. And it uses some highlights. … He says: “I’ll put the sound on them.”
Hanzus asked Frelund, “I will crush them.” Was that his quote?’
In response, Frelund said: “I don’t swear on the air. I don’t want to get into trouble.”
Hanzus asked Frelund again, “But was that the passage?” She replied “yes”.
Mayfield was recently named the Panthers’ starting quarterback after the team acquired him from the Browns in early July for a conditional fifth-round pick. Mayfield agreed to take a $3.5 million cut from his $18.9 million base salary to join Carolina. The Browns are paying $10.5 million of his contract, while the Panthers picked up about $5 million.
Since arriving in Charlotte, Mayfield has quickly established himself as the No. 1 QB. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he’s been impressed with how quickly Mayfield has taken over Ben McAdoo’s offense.
The team embraces his leadership. On Monday, center Bradley Bozeman said Mayfield is “a guy you want to play for.”
In July, general manager Scott Fitterer said he consulted with multiple people about Mayfield before trading him. He said the team heard enough good things to be comfortable with signing Mayfield, the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
“A lot of people really went to bat for Baker,” Fitterer said. “I think there are many circumstances for which things happen. … But we’re very comfortable with Baker. We are excited to add him to the room and look forward to working with him.”
Since adding him to the room, the Panthers have lost rookie quarterback Matt Corral and longtime Sam Darnold. Corral was placed on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury and Darnold injured his ankle against Buffalo. Rhule said the team expects him out at least four weeks.
With a 53-man roster due at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Mayfield and PJ Walker are the only healthy Panthers quarterbacks at practice. Rhule said the team will begin preparing for its game against the Browns after cuts are made.
Carolina opens its season against the Browns on Sept. 11 at Bank of America Stadium.