FILE - Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off...

FILE - Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off the field after his teams loss to the Baltimore Ravens after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Baltimore. A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are expected to waive quarterback Baker Mayfield after the 2018 No. 1 draft pick asked for his release. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made official. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Credit: AP/Patrick Semansky

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers waived struggling quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday after the 2018 No. 1 draft pick asked for his release.

Mayfield would be subject to waivers and become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.

The move does not come as a surprise, because Sam Darnold replaced Mayfield after his failed second stint as starting quarterback, and the Panthers like what they have in P.J. Walker. The move gives Mayfield a chance to potentially land with a team that needs quarterback help.

San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson all suffered injuries over the weekend.

Mayfield was 1-5 as Carolina's starting QB and completed just 57.8% of his passes with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Panthers traded for Mayfield earlier this season and he won the job in training camp. They will send the Cleveland Browns a fifth-round pick in 2024 as compensation for the trade.

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