“He’s Got The Contract That Says You’re On The Gang Plank”

April 24th, 2023

Bucs QB Baker Mayfield.

Joe can only imagine what new Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield was like at One Buc Palace last week.

He had a week to move the needle in his direction and away from the front office and Todd Bowles wanting to draft a QB this Thursday.

Yes, Mayfield was there for Day 1 of voluntary conditioning, as the Bucs reported for work a week ago.

Joe is 100 percent confident that Mayfield was taking the steps to show everyone there that he is ready and hungry to lead the Bucs back to the NFL’s promised land. After all, Todd Bowles called Mayfield “a natural born leader.”

Assuming you like your job, imagine knowing your boss could hire your replacement in 10 days, but you still had time to prove yourself in small ways. That’s how Joe envisions Mayfield last week — doing whatever he could to make the Bucs feel like they got a steal when they signed him cheap in free agency.

Former Jets personnel man and linebackers coach Pat Kirwan was talking about Mayfield today on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He is convinced Mayfield will win his competition with Kyle Trask quickly, if there is a competition, and Kirwan talked about how Mayfield can win over people in a hurry.

Throw in the flimsy contract, and you’ve got a very motivated Mayfield, Kirwan said. “He’s got the contract that says you’re on the gang plank.”

No chance, Kirwan said of the Bucs trading up for a QB on Thursday.

For those saying, who’s Kirwin? Well, Todd Bowles is on his show every week during football season. And Kirwan has all kinds of inside sources, including his longtime friend and Jets colleague Pete Carroll, who just happens to be the mentor of the Bucs’ new new offensive coordinator.

Regardless, Joe could totally see the Bucs trading up a little for a quarterback in this draft.

The Bucs are sitting with the No. 19 overall pick. New England and the Jets are sitting at No. 14 and No. 15 respectively. New England loves to trade down and the Jets no longer need a quarterback.

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21 Responses to ““He’s Got The Contract That Says You’re On The Gang Plank””

  1. PA Buc Fan Says:

    Hell you could even say the same for Freeman. We want a new coach coming in with a new qb. Not one on the hot seat which I pray everyday Bowles is on!

  2. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Mayfield sat out a year in order to transfer to Oklahoma and then win the Heisman.
    He proved it in college when he had alot to prove.

  3. Austin Says:

    I hope Baker revives his career like Geno and earns a fat long contract

  4. Dre bucs fan Says:

    Trade back acquire more picks hopefully we hit on acouple starters, let baker BAKE and let’s see how this season goes!

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    Kirwan is one of the talkers I enjoy listening to. Like his thought process, his laid back style, and seems to always say stuff I agree with.

  6. Jon Grudin Says:

    Let Baker and Trask duke it out for #1 and let’s see what we have in both of them. Had a 7th round pick or a UDFA as a development guy, practice squad player and camp depth and we are done. Hopefully the third guy would be a more mobile quarterback so the Bucs defense could get some practice against that style of QB.

    Better yet, if they could find a QB who could also do something else, such as play tight end or do something on special teams, he might even be able to stick on the regular 53 man roster. And then if Baker or Trask flame out this year, Bucs might have a back up QB ready for next year.

  7. sasquatch Says:

    Unless they are in love with one of the QBs and they slide, I just don’t see them trading up for a QB. I’ve said it on other threads. Trading up for a QB crapshoot when you have other serious needs just makes no sense. They’d have to be totally sold on one of the guys who drops, which I doubt, because none of these guys are sure things.

  8. Eric Says:

    Lol what nfl player is not motivated the question is can he play potential means nothing results do!

  9. Jon Grudin Says:

    Let Baker and Trask duke it out for the starting job and let’s see what we have this season. Whoever wins the job in camp, might flame out or become injured and we’ll see what the other one can do.

    The Bucs do need a UDFA QB for the practice squad. Not drafting someone and having a cloudy starter pecking order Will be attractive to an undrafted free agent.

    Alternatively, a minimum salary vet may be cut after the draft. But this isn’t a position where we need to spend money.

  10. Jon Grudin Says:

    Just saw what the Jets gave up for Rodgers.

    It was really cheap. Jets basically swapped 1st round picks with the Pack and gave up a 2nd and a conditional future pick.

    Glad to have Rodgers out of the NFC!

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    Kaaron is such a biotch. I hope the biotch does her best Matt Ryan / Russell Wilson imitation, implodes, throws the passive/aggressive routine, and the Jets finish 5-12. At least she won’t be swept by the Lions again.

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    Shaq had a flimsy prove it contract when he got to tampa also just saying. Licht will make him prove it before getting starter money. What team in then nfl would not have given him more than a price it deal?

  13. garro Says:

    You should replace your Dominik stuff with Kirwin stuff.

    Kirwin is almost the only guy who’s opinion i will listen to as far as NFL journalists go. He bases his takes on his own experience in the NFL and is usually proven right.

  14. BUC IT Says:

    If Richardson falls to 19 I would gamble on his upside. He will probably be a bust but his upside is tantalizing.

  15. Mike Says:

    It will be very interesting to see what the Bucs do. I think if an OT falls to them that they like, or maybe even an Edge rusher they love, they stick and pick, otherwise, they could trade down once, maybe even twice.

  16. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Just wait until the Bucs bring back Mike Glennon as the 2nd vet. Joe might have to break out the Johnny Walker or Crown Royal.

  17. Florida cracker Says:

    Bucs are most definitely getting a OT or if a pass rusher falls to them they like then possibly that. The only 2 options necessary. O line sucked last season because of injuries and you can never have enough (DAWGS) chasing down a qb. Look for 1 of those to come off the board 1st. Find a 3 string qb in the later rds in hopes of finding a possible Brady again.
    By the way, this was insider information given on joebucsfan.com
    Signed: BA

  18. stpetebucfan Says:


    Agree that Mayfield has proven himself in the past. Your example of his transfer to Heisman is spot on. I always add that he took the stinkin Cleveland Browns to the Playoffs and won the first round game in PITTSBURGH!

    There is no way to know if he can repeat these feats. But at least he’s done it before which at minimum means it’s POSSIBLE. It’s now on the Bucs to surround Mayfield or Trask with enough talent to do the job. There is NO QB in this year’s draft who will do any better this coming season.

    Hey I’ve revealed my prejudice. I’m 75 so I want to win NOW. For those of you young guys deluding yourselves that you have time….good luck. As for the football team things change DRAMATICALLY every season. Injuries, competition, luck, etc. The future is NOW!!! The team should be focused on winning in 2023!!! The hell with the holy grail of seeking the next Superstar QB.

    Did we learn nothing from Brady. He was freaking drafted in the SIXTH round and the Bucs got him for ZERO draft picks! AGAIN there are many ways to get er done rolling all the dice on the long shot that is the draft is not necessary.

  19. Mike S Says:

    Mayfield will win the battle quickly? Has Kirwan spent more than 2 mins looking at his stats from last year?

  20. D-Rok Says:

    Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller are gold on SiriusXM. Only tandem I really enjoy listening to on sports radio. Their takes have always been fairly correct, and they don’t have drama on their show. Actually, I’ve referenced Movin’ The Chains quite a few times over the years here on this site.

    Good catch, Joe.

  21. JacARD Says:

    Baker will do a great job of winning the competition. He will look great for a couple weeks, maybe even a thrilling comeback victory but then Baker will be Baker. The interceptions and/or inaccurate throws will pile up. You saw it with Cleveland; you saw it with Carolina and you saw it with LA. Get ready to see it in Tampa with completion percentages in the 45-60% range.