Draft Day Trades Mike Tannenbaum Would Like To See

April 21st, 2022

Browns QB Baker Mayfield.

If history is a window into the future, it’s not out of bounds to guess Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht will make a trade during the draft next week. Licht is not shy about pulling the trigger.

In a column he typed for his site, The33rdTeam, former Jets and Dolphins general manager Mike Tannenbaum shared draft trades he believes would benefit each club involved in the deal.

And Tannenbaum would like to see the Bucs trade for disgraced Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Baker Mayfield to Tampa Bay for a 2022 4th Round Pick

The Browns made a decisive decision this offseason by bringing in Deshaun Watson for a substantial price in terms of picks and guaranteed money, which led to them moving on from Baker Mayfield. This move feels necessary for both sides.

Let Baker sit for a year and learn as much wisdom from Tom Brady and Byron Leftwich as possible. Let him use this season as an investment in his future and take in all the gifts that Tom has to give in terms of professionalism and preparation. This would be very similar to what Mitch Trubisky did this past season with Buffalo.

Cleveland would have to eat most of Mayfield’s contract for this trade to happen due to the cap space situation in Tampa. The Buccaneers currently have $3.955M in cap space (per OverTheCap). Baker has shown flashes of great and poor over the past two seasons having the 12th-most Big Time Throws and the 10th-most turnover worthy plays (37) minimum 100 dropbacks.

On face value, Joe thinks this makes a world of sense, provided the Bucs don’t think Kyle Trask will be the man. And if the Bucs are all-in for the Super Bowl, Joe trusts Mayfield a helluva lot more than Blaine Gabbert.

But remember, just because the Bucs trade for Mayfield doesn’t mean he will be the Bucs’ starter next year. Like Tom Brady, Mayfield will be a free agent.

The Bucs, if you read the tea leaves, will be looking for a quarterback next year and Mayfield likely won’t have many options, so perhaps he may like Todd Bowles and want to stay?

The Bucs can make worse deals than renting Mayfield as a backup for one season. And a fourth round pick is basically nothing for a playoff quarterback.

30 Responses to “Draft Day Trades Mike Tannenbaum Would Like To See”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    What is the obsession with Baker to the Bucs?? BA is gone, who was the original person who may have wanted him. We have Brady, Trask, Gabb AND Griffin. We’re not giving up anything for an 18 mil, 1 year backup with drama issues. He got a raw deal last year and I can’t say I blame him, but he can go elsewhere. Sorry Joe, this just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  2. Buczilla Says:

    Some team will be dumb enough to give up more than a fourth round pick for this guy, but I’d be fine if we got him for that since he is talented.

  3. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    We would be better spending the 4th on a guard.

  4. adam from ny Says:

    pre draft week is just so…………..pre draft week

  5. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Maybe for a 7th round pick and they eat 17m of his salary. If someone doesn’t trade for Mayfield, the Browns have to pay the full 18m and either keep him or cut him. They have no power in the negotiation. If we use anything over a 7th or a future 6th, we are doing them a favor.

  6. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    Why do you want to spend 18 mil on an at best average QB plus second biggest whiner just behind Karen Rodgers.

  7. TDTB2022 Says:

    Joe, is there any evidence of Todd liking Baker or a QB like him in the past?

  8. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    We got Tom this year there is no reason to trade for another QB now if he doesn’t play in 2023 there are other FAs at QB and cheaper.

  9. JA Says:

    Five quarterbacks under contract?
    Why don’t we take that 3 mil and attempt to sign all QB’s in the NFL?
    I’d rather have Trask, who has yet to throw an NFL pass, than Mayfield. He is cap friendly and has yet to complain despite not being given a fair shot to compete for Brady’s backup.
    Instead of pulling up his britches and claiming he’d prove the Browns had made a bad decision by signing Watson, Mayfield whined and moaned about being told a pack of lies. Thick skins are a requirement in the NFL. Baker’s complaining about hurt feelings won’t fly with his new teammates.
    Baker’s dog, as he lay asleep posterior prone with his legs skyward, was the perfect metaphor for how most felt during Mayfield’s complaint video.

  10. Elita Vita Says:

    Part of me doesn’t completely dismiss this idea. Look, the reality is that only a handful of quarterbacks can take you to the promised land. The vast majority of those who make a living evaluating quarterbacks feel that no such quarterback is present in this draft class. Baker Mayfield is talented no doubt. Could the Bucs be able to turn him around? The Bucs are hiding Kyle Trask somewhere as if he was the star testifier in a major trial and they have him sheltered in the witness protection program.

  11. STL-BucsFan Says:

    I agree with Butters, lets see what we have in Trask. i just dont understand the concept of trading for a position where we have backups. spend the 4th on DEF od the O-Line. maybe its just me and from St.Louis i dont see it as much but does all of Tampa not like Trask???

  12. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    I rarely post.

    Please no! I just spit my cup of joe all over my kitchen table reading this. I don’t understand why media heads keep suggesting this move. Mayfield is the worlds largest 5th grader; imo he’s an overrated brat who’s nowhere near as good as he thinks he is. And, he’s a terrible fit for our offense. We have our QB of the future waiting in the wings. Other than his big mouth, there’s nothing special about Baker Mayfield; I’d suggest the FCF or USFL. Note to Baker just in case you do land in the USFL: just shut up and eat the chicken salad dammit. Lol

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If you want Baker Mayfield let some other team trade for him and then pick him up in 23 as a FA……we don’t need him…..
    And, we need to find out what we have in Trask…..

  14. MP Says:

    I’m mixed. Half of me says absolutely, bring him in. He will mature under Brady, and we could get him cheap in 2023. The other half says burn it down. We are playing with cap fire. 2023 may be the year we need to just take all the hits to get back on track.

  15. German Buc Says:

    No, but thanks for asking.

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Great idea for the bucs to think of; mayfield led the browns to the playoffs and then he was injured for the year last year and his play regressed. Get a 1st round NFL starter for pennies and a draft pick, seems like a win win for the bucs

  17. Hodad Says:

    Did we forget how to do math? Baker is owed 18 million, the Bucs don’t have 18 million. When things don’t add up, they don’t add up. It used to be called voodoo economics. Baker will be released after the draft. No one is paying Baker 18 million for a year while he rehabs from shoulder surgery. Please enough of this B.S., draft can’t happen soon enough.

  18. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    Elita Vita the Bucs have never turned a QB around and this Arizona coaching staff hasn’t either thats not happening. They will trade Trask this year or next and sign Sam Donald after Brady leaves or trade the farm for Kyler Murray.

  19. Colonel Angus Says:

    Big time throws and turnover worthy plays, sounds familiar.

  20. StickinUp4Centers Says:

    There is a reason Tannenbaum is no longer a GM.

    Why trade a useful pick for someone who is, probably, going to be cut? The Bucs should be all in for the SB. A backup QB is not going to help much. Depth at DL, WR, Secondary, OL, TE, and LB is needed. Last season proved this much. A 4th round pick can get a useful player at one of these positions. Even if Brady goes down for a couple of weeks in the regular season, the division is a cakewalk.

  21. Ash Says:

    Bucs already don’t have a 5th or 6th round pick which is major to give away 4th still in the meat of where the value in this draft is would just be lunacy.

  22. Craig Says:

    I think Trask has a higher potential than Mayfield, so it would be a waste.

    We just need to prove that Trask is going to be the real deal, so stupid articles like this can go away.

  23. sasquatch Says:

    No to Mayfield. Also, a trade means you pick up his $18 million contract… Heyull to the NAAUUGH.

  24. Esteban85 Says:

    This is an AB like mistake waiting to happen. There is a good reason the Browns went all in on a criminal instead of this guy even after getting to the playoffs.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    No to Mayfield… yes to Trask.

  26. SlyPirate Says:

    TB12 and Mayfield have the most commercials on Sunday. Putting those two together is marketing gold.

    A 4th? Do it (but you have to cut Gabbert).

  27. catcard202 Says:

    I’m a big HELL NO on trading for Baker, even if the Browns paid 90% of his 2022 salary.

  28. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Isn’t Kyle Trask just as exciting as Baker Mayfield?

  29. steele Says:

    Baker Mayfield will not sit on the pine and watch Tom Brady for a full season.

    Baker Mayfield is also not a good QB, and not a good fit. He is Jeff Garcia 2.0.

  30. Jonny Says:

    This kid is Winston all over again. I don’t want another tease.