Baker Mayfield, Bucs agree to one-year, $8.5M deal
TAMPA (SNN-TV) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found their new starting QB, as they and former No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield have reached agreement on a one-year contract worth up to $8.5M.
The Buccaneers needed a veteran quarterback with the ability to start to compete with 2021 second-round draft pick Kyle Trask.
General manager Jason Licht said at the NFL combine that the Buccaneers "have a lot of faith in Kyle." But going from third string to a starter and following in the footsteps of seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady would be a tall ask for any player, let alone one who saw his first NFL regular-season snaps ever in Week 18.
Mayfield played the final five games of the 2022 season for the Los Angeles Rams, who claimed him off waivers from the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 6. In those five games, Mayfield completed 63.6% of his passes for 850 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Mayfield was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and will now play for his fourth team in six seasons, becoming just the second player taken first overall in the common draft era to do so.