Breaking news today for our football team across I4…Baker Mayfield has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mayfield’s deal starts @ 4 million dollars but he can earn up to 8.5 on incentives and things of that nature.
I whole heartedly believe this is going to be a full fledged competition. This isn’t Joe Montana they’re bringing in. It’s Baker Mayfield. They drafted Kyle Trask in the 2nd round just 2 drafts ago, he learned under Tom Brady, sat behind a sage vet like Blaine Gabbert. He’s a big body with a strong-ish arm. I think they’re going to give him a real shake.
Let us not forget how bad Baker Mayfield was in Carolina. It took an offensive savant in Sean McVay to make Baker look somewhat respectable. And even that version of Baker was just slightly better than OK.
I do think that the Bucs could travel a similar path to the Seahawks from last season with this move if everything breaks their way. Think about the comparisons…both teams have defensive minded coaches who we’ve kind of soured on, both teams will have had a QB competition going into the preseason, and their offensive coordinator (Dave Canales) was the Seahawks QB’s coach last season. If Baker or Trask can turn into some version of Geno Smith and the Bucs put some draft capitol into either Bijan Robinson or Jahmyr Gibbs, maybe hit on a defensive player in the later rounds, this team could compete for a surprising playoff appearance in a weakened NFC.