When the Carolina Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, it was quickly apparent that the quarterback’s options for jersey numbers were limited. Out of the Panthers’ QB-eligible numbers, only No. 1 (Cam Newton’s old number) and No. 13 were available. Mayfield’s preferred No. 6 was claimed by punter Johnny Hekker.
Well, the good news for Hekker was that Mayfield seemed to be a highly motivated buyer when it came to that number.
During his Tuesday media availability, Mayfield confirmed that we would wear No. 6 with the Panthers after striking a deal with Hekker to purchase the number. Hekker had initially profited purchased the number from backup quarterback PJ Walker, so it’s safe to assume that the punter flipped the digit for a nice.
Hekker’s tweet would definitely suggest as much.
Good for Johnny — taking advantage of the market there.
Mayfield explained that the jersey number was important to him given his rise from walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner to No. 1 overall pick.
Baker Mayfield says he’s made a deal with punter Johnny Hekker to get the No. 6 jersey from him.
SPORTS NEWSLETTER:Sign up now to get top sports headlines delivered daily
‘GOING TO BE A SPECIAL ONE’:Baker Mayfield eyes Panthers’ Week 1 showdown with Browns