The Baltimore Ravens reportedly tried to sign a former first overall pick before he wound up signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to a report from JoeBucsFan.com, the Ravens offered a contract to Baker Mayfield, but the No. 1 pick of the 2018 Draft declined it. Mayfield wound up signing a one-year deal with the Buccaneers:
“Last week, JoeBucsFan.com learned that new Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield got an offer in free agency from the Ravens but declined. Joe was able to confirm that late yesterday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
Mayfield’s focus at the time of the Ravens’ offer was on a starting opportunity. When he passed on the Ravens job, it appeared Jackson would return for his sixth season in Baltimore to build on his 45-16 record as a starter.”
On Monday, Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson announced via Twitter that he is seeking a trade from the organization. Jackson made the request on Mar. 2, days before the Ravens placed the franchise tag on him.
The franchise tag ensured that Jackson could not enter free agency. If a team signs the 2019 league MVP to an offer sheet, Baltimore will have five days to match. If they don’t, Baltimore will receive two first-round picks as part of compensation.
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Mayfield and 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask will presumably compete for the starting job in Tampa Bay, though the organization could always look at adding another signal-caller to the mix in next month’s draft.
Mayfield spent four seasons with the Browns before the team controversially decided to move on last year. They made a trade for Houston Texans’ signal-caller Deshaun Watson and handed him $230 million in fully guaranteed money, and Mayfield was traded to the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers released Mayfield midseason, and he wound up finishing the year with the Los Angeles Rams. Mayfield threw for 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.