September 29, 2023

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Could a trade to Tampa Bay rejuvenate Baker Mayfield’s career?

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Baker Mayfield via the the Cleveland Browns

With Cleveland set at quarterback after trading for DeShaun Watson, there are a ton of questions regarding the 2018 #1 overall pick. Where will Baker Mayfield be playing once camp begins next month?

The Seattle Seahawks have emerged as favorites to land the former Heisman Trophy winner, but there are still a handful of teams that could quietly land Mayfield. One of those teams is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it seems like the Bucs would be pretty good fit for Mayfield if the price is right.

Mayfield could use a change of scenery, and where better to land than to back up the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. Imagine Mayfield having the opportunity to sit and learn from Brady while also being a mentor to the second-year quarterback, Kyle Trask, and an insurance policy.

Mayfield has lived up to his potential but has suffered from the same fate a previous Bucs quarterback suffered a few years ago.

Within his first four years, Mayfield suffered from a change in staff on three separate occasions, along with the quarterback controversy involving Tyrod Taylor. To say Mayfield has somehow maintained some sort of confidence within those years is an understatement, as it showed regression during the 2021 season while playing through a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder and managing to play all but one game despite ranking 27th in the league.

If GM Jason Licht can somehow manipulate a trade, it could indeed benefit Mayfield and potentially give him the confidence boost to accel as a starting quarterback in the league.