There’s no way around it, Baker Mayfield is between a rock and a hard place.
With the Cleveland Browns trading for quarterback Deshaun Watson, Mayfield’s days in Cleveland have been numbered. However, Mayfield’s options have been limited, with prospective suitors such as the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints looking elsewhere for quarterback help.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked by Adam Schein of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio whether the Buccaneers might have interest in the likes of Mayfield as a veteran backup to Tom Brady, and he id not exactly deny it.
“We might still add someone,” Licht said. “I don’t want to talk about a player that’s on another team’s roster right now, but we still may add a veteran quarterback. We’re just going to have to see how it goes here.”
The 26-year-old reportedly hoped his next chapter would be in Indianapolis, but the Colts elected to trade for Matt Ryan. With that being the case, Mayfield is facing the reality that he might have to enter the 2022 season as a backup.
Mayfield could enter the perfect situation to learn behind Tom Brady and ultimately take over once he actually retires for real the next time.
As a starter, Mayfield is 29-30 in his career, with his only winning season coming in 2020 when the Browns made it to the AFC divisional rounds. He has 92 career passing touchdowns, 56 interceptions, and a 61.6% career completion percentage.