NFL Insider Talks Buccaneers Plan For Baker Mayfield


Sports Illustrated NFL insider Albert Breer thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hiring of Liam Coen as their Offensive Coordinator “is a good tell on how hard the Buccaneers plan to swing to keep” Baker Mayfield this offseason. Breer continued,. “A big part of Coen’s place in the search for Dave Canales’ replacement came on the recommendation of Mayfield,”

Mayfield is coming off an excellent season in Tampa. While leading the Bucs to a division title, Mayfield posted 4,044 yards, 28 touchdowns and a 94.6 quarterback rating. Not bad for a guy playing on a one-year prove-it deal.

The Bucs could use the franchise tag on Mayfield, but that comes at a price of around $35 million for one year. Because of that, it’s essential that General Manager Jason Licht convinces Mayfield to sign a multi-year deal for salary cap considerations. Breer touched on this as well.

“That the Buccaneers listened to what Mayfield told them on Coen (he said that the Kentucky offensive coordinator was a great dude, his offensive terminology was really close and his schematics were very adaptable to Canales) is a pretty good sign that Tampa plans to go the distance to get Mayfield done.”

With the franchise tag deadline coming on March 5th, there’s a very good chance we’ll be hearing about a decision on a Mayfield contract sooner than later.

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