Last Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a new quarterback to the roster by signing former Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Baker Mayfield to a one year contract that can earn him up to nine million dollars.
Mayfield joins Kyle Trask as the only other quarterback on the roster, and it’s expected that he will compete for the job of starting quarterback with Tom Brady now retired. Mayfield will be taking on a new challenge in Tampa Bay and is hoping to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Mayfield has had an up-and-down career so far, having been inconsistent at times as he’s bounced around the league. He’s had some flashes of potential, but hasn’t been able to put it all together and be a franchise quarterback.
There is an expectation of a quarterback battle in Tampa Bay next season, and Mayfield will be looking to prove that he is a starting quarterback in the NFL. There is a lot of talent on the Buccaneers roster, and it will be interesting to see how Mayfield fits in with the team.
It’s a fresh start for Baker Mayfield, but I don’t believe that the Buccaneers view Mayfield or Trask as their long-term solution at quarterback. The Buccaneers are entering a rebuild and either quarterback will be good enough to lead the team until their long-term solution at quarterback is found.
This signing is the front office’s way of telling people that the team is entering a rebuild by not going after other premiere free-agent quarterbacks like Jimmy Garoppolo or Geno Smith. I believe Buccaneers fans should prepare for a long rebuild and it will be interesting to see how Mayfield and Trask fit in the Buccaneers plan.