The Bucs got a bargain this week, adding the former Fringe franchise quarterback and the No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield on a base contract worth just $4 million.
Mayfield sees this as a much more valuable opportunity.
Aside from his $4.5 million incentives (specific triggers have not yet been announced), Mayfield sees Tampa as a place where he can win football games — and turn his career around.
Though Tom Brady is gone, the Buccaneers (as reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times) still have many players who were part of the team that won a Super Bowl just 25 months ago.
“That was important for his decision‘ Agent Tom Mills said to Stroud.
Also in attendance was new offensive coordinator Dave Canales, who was the quarterbacks coach Geno Smith in 2022, making him Comeback Player of the Year.
“It’s the Geno-Smith model,” Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken (who was Mayfield’s 2019 coordinator) told Stroud. “He came in and became a starter for a year and then got the big three-year deal. Baker wants that opportunity. He’s seen what Coach Canales has done and wants to do it again and get the opportunity to be a starter again.
To do this, Mayfield must first beat the third-year runner-up Kyle Trask. Mayfield, who has never lacked in confidence, certainly believes he will.
He should be able to. In 2018 and 2020, Mayfield played very well. In 2021, a shoulder injury sustained on a tackle (quarterbacks, no tackles please) ruined the season for him and the Browns.
It didn’t go well last year, but how could it? The Browns sat on him during the offseason program, and he basically shared the reruns Sam Darnold at camp in Carolina, under a dysfunctional coaching staff whose leader barely made it into October. Mayfield, who witnessed many dysfunctions in Cleveland, did a good job of containing any frustrations he might have had.
He eventually ended up with the Rams and after literally two days with the team, provided one of the most exciting moments of the year when he came back from a 16-3 deficit against the Raiders in the fourth quarter and won the game 17-16.
Coincidentally, the Buccaneers pulled off an identical performance just three days earlier when they defeated the Saints 16-3 in the fourth quarter. Maybe a little of that Mayfield moxie and magic can help the Buccaneers continue to dominate the NFC South — maybe even with a winning record this year.
Baker Mayfield sees a chance to win and revive his career in Tampa originally appeared on Pro football talk
Source : sports.yahoo.com