The Los Angeles Rams claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers, thus ensuring that he wouldn’t become a San Francisco 49ers QB to aid their playoff run.
To suggest the Rams and Sean McVay claimed Baker Mayfield for the sole purpose of ensuring he didn’t become a San Francisco 49er would be misleading. Los Angeles DOES need a quarterback, especially with Matthew Stafford out for a long time.
Baker Mayfield will provide that, and if he’s signed this offseason, the Rams will receive a compensatory draft pick. There are obvious benefits to having Mayfield on the roster. Nonetheless, it has to be a little sweet for McVay and Co. that San Francisco won’t get their hands on the only stable veteran signal-caller available now that Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the foreseeable future.
With Mayfield unavailable, Kyle Shanahan must entrust the team to rookie Brock Purdy, who was able to lead San Francisco to a win last Sunday against the likely playoff-bound Miami Dolphins.
Why did the Rams claim Baker Mayfield?
Matthew Stafford is out for the rest of the season, and Jake Woodford is dealing with a neck injury. Los Angeles was down to their third-string quarterback, but instead signed Baker Mayfield, who has recent starting experience.
Mayfield is expected to start as soon as Thursday night against the Las Vegas Raiders.
For Baker, it’s a chance at redemption in one of the best offenses in football. If there were ever a place for Mayfield to show some flashes of what made him a No. 1 pick in the first place, it’s with Sean McVay. But that didn’t stop some football fans from trolling all involved.
Per Schefter, the Rams also “believe in Mayfield’s talent,” which is tough to believe at this juncture. Nonetheless, it gives both sides the chance to contend down the stretch, so why not?