The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in free agent quarterback Baker Mayfield this past offseason. Signing him to a one-year deal worth $4 million fit their budget. With the team being limited in cap space due to the $35 million in dead cap from Tom Brady’s contract, it was the right move. The thought process here seemed to be let Mayfield prove himself this season before considering signing him to a long-term deal.
So how is that strategy playing out for the Buccaneers? Has Mayfield shown enough for the team to consider an extension/long-term deal? ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler chimes in on this subject.
“Why he could get paid: Mayfield has played his best football of the season over his past three games in Tampa Bay, throwing six touchdown passes to one interception. He has been decisive with the ball, attacking multiple levels of the field and using his mobility to reset his throwing window. On the season, Mayfield has 2,143 yards, 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He’d be a good fit for an offense with play-action concepts and schemed verticals, and I’m looking for Mayfield to lock in a starting job this offseason.”
“What we’re hearing: Mayfield has reinvented himself in Tampa, posting a respectable 56.4 Total QBR, ranking 14th in the NFL. The Buccaneers are open to extending Mayfield, though nothing is happening there yet.”
Baker Mayfield has played well for the Buccaneers. He’s currently ranked 14th in QBR after nine games. Mayfield has thrown 14 touchdowns and five interceptions while posting a career high 64.6 completion percentage.
The Buccaneers need to sign several pending free agents this offseason. And Mayfield should be a priority, just not THEE priority.