Convinced Baker Mayfield Wants To Hit The Market

February 3rd, 2024

Interesting Baker Mayfield chatter from a seasoned NFL reporter.

Amber Theoharis has worked for NFL teams and NFL Network, in addition to FOX Sports. She currently is part of the Raiders organization and sometimes is heard co-hosting on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Theoharis is neither a hot-take artist nor media clown. So Joe was intrigued to hear Theoharis on Pro Bowl Live on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night talking about Baker Mayfield wanting to hit the free agent market. She and Mayfield had a chat “off to the side” in Orlando following the announcement that the Bucs would be hiring Liam Coen as offensive coordinator, Theoharis said.

That discussion left Theoharis confident Mayfield is eager to find his true market value in free agency.

Joe is sure the Bucs won’t let that happen. So perhaps Mayfield wants to squeeze the Bucs into slapping the franchise tag on him — which would prevent him from hitting free agency?

Getting the franchise tag, in theory, would start Mayfield’s negotiating bar at $35 million per season, the expected salary for tagged quarterbacks in 2024.

Regardless, Joe is sure Mayfield knows how to be cautious and manipulative with media, so maybe he’s decided with his agent to tone down any public claims of wanting to stay in Tampa.

Joe is hoping that’s the case. Consider how earlier on Pro Bowl Live, Mayfield artfully spoke of Mike Evans in the past tense.

“Mike’s a stud. I was lucky to have him,” Mayfield said.

89 Responses to “Convinced Baker Mayfield Wants To Hit The Market”

  1. johnnymoon Says:

    Yea , let him test it .

  2. Tye Says:

    I have an odd feeling that the way things are turning out, Baker could very well end up on the Falcons…
    Going to run a similar system, knows the OC, Raheem is not an exciting hire at HC but he will likely be there 2-3 years, strong running game and young talent at wr… Best of all, no Todd Bowles!

  3. Thunder Says:

    Let him test the waters. I would rather franchise ME13

  4. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Let him test the water. I highly doubt a team is going to give him more than 25 mil a year.

  5. Tony Marks Says:

    I think anyone would want to know what their value on the market is especially if they haven’t fielded any firm offers from the team they are with. That doesn’t mean they are going to turn down a fair offer on the table.

    Little spoken of factor – pregnant wives rule and most of them don’t want to be moving about right before or after giving birth. The dollars would have to be significantly different or be close to family.

  6. FortMyersDave Says:

    Getting slapped with the franchise tag would likely be a raise of almost $30 million for Baker. Not sure if the Bucs really want to do this as they are not flush with money under the cap to spend and do have Winfield , Lavonte D and Mike Evans to try and retain as well. So Bowles can keep Baker but it will come at a big price…. A bit ominous that Baker is talking about Mike in the past tense as if he thinks they will not be playing together next season.

    A bit off-topic, but teams like the Bucs and Rams have been in salary cap purgatory the past couple of seasons (the price they paid for their Super Bowl runs) but the Saints seem to spend more every season than either of those clubs, yet the Saints never seemingly have to pay the piper? For example, the Saints landing Carr to a big contract last season but the Bucs had to look for change under a couch at OBP to scrape together some coin for Mayfield and it never seems like the slimy Aint’s have ever had to do a total purge and rebuild.

  7. HC Grover Says:

    It is Pro Football. Testing the FA market is the right call for him.

  8. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I’d be fine with letting him test the market. The value analysts are predicting for him are all over the place.

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    If Baker leaves the Bucs should do the same thing they did last year.

    Find a cheap free agent off the scrap heap then maybe draft a QB at pick #26 –

    – JJ McCarthy
    – M Penix
    – B. Nix

    I wouldn’t mind taking a look at R. Tannehill and giving him the same exact deal Baker got last season. $4M with another $4M in incentives.

    Then let them all compete for the starting gig. I know Tannehill is past prime but he is finally somewhat healthy and he has had some success as a starter in Tenn.

    I understand this is not ideal but it’s better than just having K. Trask as our only option.

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Joe

    What’s the deal with all the moderation BS?

    Is what I’m saying that effing controversial?

    Getting sick of it.

  11. Let ‘em bake Says:

    If Baker leaves( don’t think so ) whose your top three destinations, in order of probability? Here’s mine: Atl, Pit, Lv.

  12. Joe Says:

    @ Joe

    What’s the deal with all the moderation BS?

    Is what I’m saying that effing controversial?

    Getting sick of it.

    YOU are getting sick of it????

    How would you like to be Joe where he has to constantly check the damn moderation queue All. Day. Long. Meanwhile, Joe is trying to type up Bucs news. Joe has been over this subject 8,000 times.

    Joe’s been doing this daily for 15 years at work, at the doctor’s offices, in the hospital (years ago), on vacation, all over the country, middle of the night in Vegas, in Germany, you name it.

    If Joe was an engineer for WordPress and wrote code he’d have this figured out.

    Sorry. Now, Joe has breaking Bucs news to type that was interrupted because someone’s comment was in moderation.

  13. Crickett Baker Says:

    I also am fine with him testing the market. We can probably come in with the same offers he gets in free agency if we want to (and I think we do). I just hope that he doesn’t have reasons to jump.

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    I was watching the pro bowl games competition on TV yesterday. Noticed how other players gravitated towards Baker. I think the guy has about 3 or 4 real good years left in him. And I do think they will be better years. Better…PAY DA MAN Bucs!!

  15. WyomingJoe Says:

    I’ve closely followed Baker since his junior year in college and throughout his NFL career. Unless I’ve completely misread him, he places loyalty above all else. Tampa did him right and he’ll reciprocate with a team-friendly contract because he feels at home here.

    But if anyone thinks he’ll return for $20-$25M a year, as a number of commenters on this site have suggested, then they’re crazy.

    I think he’d settle for 3-years at $100M plus incentives with 50M guaranteed. Although 4 teams would offer him more.

    I think all this talk is his agent telling him not to give the store away, even though he’s already said numerous times that he wants to stay in Tampa.

    And don’t you think he’s already had several discussions with Evans about their future together?

  16. Usedtocould Says:

    Tuds

  17. JimBobBuc Says:

    All of the talk and actions from both Baker and Evans are negotiation tactics. You want the Bucs thinking you are ready to leave. I just hope they give the Bucs a break if we’re short a million or so for a multiyear contract. Fingers crossed.

  18. Popcorn Mike Says:

    HC Grover I agree. I mean he played for peanuts last year so find out what his market value is first then his agent can take it from there. One way or another I think he will stay with the Bucs once the value is set unless some QB needed team come in with big numbers that the Bucs can’t match Still if the big dollar teams doesn’t have the support around him I think would rather sign with the Bucs. This is just my opinion

  19. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Joe

    “Getting sick of it”

    I understand.

    It’s just frustrating for us pee-ons who are here trying to have dialogue with our fellow Buc fans.

    At times – it can be difficult to maintain a conversation when your post gets put in “moderation” for so long it is no longer a meaningful effort because everyone has moved on to another convo by then…

    That’s all.

    You guys know I have nothing but love for JBF and I appreciate all that you do.

    Sorry for griping.

  20. jehzsa Says:

    If…Mayfield gets tagged and, for whatever reason, doesn’t perform as well as expected, his value goes south.

    A commercial factor to consider?

  21. Mike S Says:

    Bucs are mostly negotiating against themselves here.

    Nobody is going to give Mayfield $35M/yr and if the Bucs do it they’re stupid.

    WyomingJoe – I think the market is $25/yr high water mark unless the Falcons try to drive it up – which is a possibility.

    Carolina is committed to Bryce young, but Atlanta needs a QB and they would be the only team I see jumping in the market for him.

  22. Buc4evr Says:

    If he leaves then Russell Wilson would be a good choice. Denver would probably trade him for a 5th round draft pick. lol.

  23. Mike S Says:

    If the Baker goes elsewhere – sign Minshew and go with Trask.

  24. sasquatch Says:

    Joe Says:
    February 3rd, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    Sorry. Now, Joe has breaking Bucs news to type that was interrupted because someone’s comment was in moderation.

    Some of us are in permanent moderation for unknown reasons. If you’d finally release me from this nonsense, that would reduce the effort.

  25. Joe Says:

    If the Baker goes elsewhere – sign Minshew and go with Trask.

    Lawd, the occult just won’t let go.

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    Tye- I know a ton of family and friends in ATL and they are really excited to get Raheem as HC. Mcvay and Tomlin both said he was the top of their list of best potential HCs. I wish the Bucs had him and I like Bowlers. Morris soaked up a ton of knowledge coaching with Mcvay and he was already a really good coach. The Bucs set him up to lose. Refusing to give him any resources to fill FA loses.

  27. Mike S Says:

    Probably the wordpress 6.4.3 release now makes auto-moderation more sensitive – and Joe has to deal with it.

  28. FrontFour Says:

    Baker’s success is more dependent on Mike than the other way around. Mike’s made a lot of QB’s look good, starting with Manzel at A&M.

  29. Mike S Says:

    “Lawd, the occult just won’t let go.”

    Why should we? It’s not like Trask has played poorly – he’s played well in the preseason.

    Having said that – Baker will probably resign. So it’s a moot point – until he inevitably goes cold again – which he will because he’s a streaky QB.

  30. Joe Says:

    Probably the wordpress 6.4.3 release now makes auto-moderation more sensitive – and Joe has to deal with it.

    Do know whenever someone uses unusual punctuation (lot of hyphens or bullet points for example) or people use or try to use HTML it triggers the moderation bots.

  31. Dave Pear Says:

    She’s probably the one who asked Todd about playing in the cold Detroit weather.

  32. chickster Says:

    id rather sigh Evans than Baker

  33. chickster Says:

    If baker goes elsewhere ok then who cares , What people should care about is evans hes all this team has .

  34. Rob in Land O' Lakes Says:

    Baker will be the Bucs starting QB next year.

    He’ll never hit the market as the Bucs will franchise him first.

    $32 million under the franchise tag for an above-average starting QB is not horrible by NFL standards

    Baker’s market value will likely NEVER be higher than it is right now. He can leverage that into 3 years $90-$100 mil with $50-60 mil guaranteed or risk one year for $30… if he plays under the franchise tag and craps the bed, he’s back to back-up status.

    He’d be a moron to turn away $50-$60 guaranteed for one year $32 million.

  35. Loganberry Says:

    Bucs Baker haters deserve what the Browns Baker haters are getting. I see constant comments about how mediocre Mayfield’s pro career has been. It is the bane of humans, that they forget. Mayfield has shown that he is a playoff winning QB every time he has a solid staff and some good players around him. What? Everyone forgot the record setting rookie season when he ended the 26 year playoff drought in Cleveland? Playing injured the next season was on the coach, who was not retained. Browns didn’t enjoy the free beer and the end of the 26 year drought. No loyalty there. Prescott, in Dallas, has had every advantage in pro football yet, Baker Mayfield has playoff wins and runs, with lesser organizations, that equal and surpass those of Dax. Baker is a pretty good QB that excels, even with average organizations, and people still don’t give him his due. You don’t know what you got until it’s gone. Ask Cleveland and Carolina. Don’t make the same mistake Bucs and fans.

  36. stpetebucfan Says:

    Chickster

    Who will get the ball to ME?

    @JOE I get that typing this will probably dump me in moderation. Just wanted to say thanks for the other tips. I’m guilty of using weird punctuation at times so I’ll cease and desist.

    Now that I have your attention…I’m neither a member of the Trask cult nor a hater of Trask. I support Baker..up to a rational point financially. Are you guys saying that even after his strong showing in the preseason he’s not really all that? I honestly have no opinion. I trust your eyes.

  37. JustVisiting Says:

    It might be worth tagging Baker for one year to address the concerns about inconsistency. Push off the long-term contract decision for a year. Of course, if he did deliver (and I suspect he would), the price tag would probably go considerably higher.

  38. BucEmUp Says:

    Until Bowles learns how to play aggressive defense against good teams baker knows he probably has better opportunities to win. Hope he stays though

  39. Chief Tbird Says:

    Man a lot you guys really don’t know anything about football or how the NFL works.
    Those that think a pro bowl/playoff winning QB is only worth $25 million a year are delusional. Every team that bids for him, and there will be 3-5, will start at $35 mil a year and the winner will likely be around $38-$40 mil a year. And that will be a good deal if the Buc get him back.

    Those calling for Tannehill or Trask or any other QB they think will replicate what Baker did this year, well there’s simply no helping y’all.

    If Baker and Mike aren’t back, we’ll be picking in the top 5 of the 2025 draft.

  40. SlyPirate Says:

    WHO WOULD SIGN HIM AS A STARTER?

    Tennessee and Minnesota are the only QB needy teams with lower draft picks and some cap space. With so many QBs in the Draft, I see teams picking QBs instead of paying for a career journeyman.

    Test the market, Baker. You’ll find out you’re not worth much.

  41. chickster Says:

    Bakers just an average Qb what do you guys think is so special about him ?
    I do not understand it .

  42. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says
    “Let him test the water. I highly doubt a team is going to give him more than 25 mil a year.”

    This

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Chief Tbird Says
    “Those that think a pro bowl/playoff winning QB is only worth $25 million a year are delusional.”

    The Pro Bowl means nothing these days, and Career-wise, Mayfield is not a winning quarterback…he was barely one this year. $25m is a better than fair price. 3 years, $75m.”

  44. Marine Buc Says:

    @ chef tbird

    Why did Baker Mayfield sign a one year deal @ $4M plus incentives last off-season?

    Was he considered an “All-Pro” then?

    No – he was picked from the NFL trash heap… Every season there seems to be one or two QBs who are “trash heapers” who find a team and make a resurgence.

    Baker Mayfield, Joe Flacco, Geno Smith, Brock Purdy, Jake Browning… Just to name a few…

    I appreciate what Baker has accomplished here in Tampa but if he wants to take his show on the road and play elsewhere that is fine by me.

    The worst mistake the Bucs could make is over-paying for Baker Mayfield and giving him more than 2 years of guaranteed money…

    We found one QB on the trash heap. We can certainly do it again.

  45. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Joe

    Contact USF’s tech department and ask if there are any available interns.

    This just sucks at times.

    Sorry.

  46. SB~LV Says:

    With the jailbreak of offensive coaching staff, the possibility of Mike Evans leaving to go play with a SB contender, yes the Texans and CJ , the cap fact that the Bucs cap space is still constrained doesn’t look good, the damn may just break.
    Baker is a free agent smoking and joking at the Pro Bowl, prime player to player recruiting ground, that door swings both ways and the Bucs have benefited from Buc players recruiting players from other teams.
    I would not be surprised to see Baker play somewhere else next year with a great long term contract.

  47. BakerBucs Says:

    Chicdter says was wondering what grade u graduated from cause u r English sentences are about 3rd grade level which means u r not very intelligent so it’s hard to believe u r female

  48. BakerBucs Says:

    Chicdster that is

  49. BakerBucs Says:

    I have to say Bowles got Mayfield here he is still the coach his future here rest on him keeping. Baker here I wud bet Bowles will do whatever it takes

  50. Eli Says:

    Time to fish or cut bait. Enough already. If he wants to play around let him and Evans both hit the street. Secure our other key players on both sides. Trask is not the answer either. Look for youth in the upcoming draft. May be forced to pick up a veteran to tie us over until the young QB can step in. Bowles can drive the Mayfield/Evans bus out of town. These salaries are ridiculous. People make a 9/8 season like a second coming, Too inconsistent to be in the top QB salary and Evans need to stop dropping passes

  51. Capt.Tim Says:

    A great QB makes WRs look good. Not so much the other way around.
    And a great Oline makes everyone look good

  52. WyomingJoe Says:

    Chickster: Just curious. What’s your definition of an elite QB? And don’t give me the cliche about “someone who can carry a team on his back” because I saw no evidence of a QB with that level of talent this year.

    I’ll wait for your response. If anyone else wants to chime in, go right ahead.

  53. Joe Says:

    The Pro Bowl means nothing these days

    Except a Pro Bowl very often means a nice little (ahem) bonus for most players. Joe is confident that means something.

    Has the Pro Bowl become a bad joke? Yes. That doesn’t mean it is insignificant.

  54. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    EVans wants $25-$30 mill

    Mayfield is getting tagged at minimum.

    You’re definitely losing Evans. Can’t lose both.

  55. chickster Says:

    No i am just blind in one eye an its difficult for me to type

  56. matthew veal Says:

    Because if tge cap we might have to consider Carson Wentz

  57. chickster Says:

    I just do not like Baker, i just see average and i cant get passed it but want him to win .

  58. unbelievable Says:

    “Mike’s a stud. I was lucky to have him,” Mayfield said.

    Letting Mike leave in FA to go on and have several more 1100+ yard, 10+ touchdown seasons with another team is gonna be a real kick in the balls…

  59. BigEd Says:

    Wow — all you experts should do research before posting all your BS on this
    gossip site ! Baker Mayfield, after season -4,044 yds. passing,No.9 in NFL,
    No. 10 in QBR ! BTW, beat out Mr.Wonderful, C.J. Stroud in passing competition!
    Also, he’s 2-2 in playoffs- 1-1 Cleveland & 1-1 in Tampa Bay ! The Bucs won 3 straight Division Titles & went to playoffs 4 years in a row ! Only 3 NFL teams
    to do that in last 4 years ! Go Baker-Evans- Winfield Bucs !

  60. WyomingJoe Says:

    Chickster: You never honestly replied to my question about what you consider an elite QB to be. If you were addressing me you said that you “just don’t like Baker.”

    If you don’t like Baker because he never won a SB, I can name 10 or 12 so-called “elite” QB’s who didn’t either.

    So….?

  61. Don'tBmad Says:

    Told you clown fans last week. Baker getting offers of $150 million + and with better teams than Tampa. Clueless fans want to resign ME and have Kyle Trask try to throw him the ball. Mayfield ain’t done by a long shot, all he’s gotta do is avoid below average teams like the Buc’s.

    The desperation and stink is getting deep with fans, and it’s glorious

  62. chickster Says:

    Baker buc has man love for Bake or whatever pet name u have for him .

  63. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Don’tBmad

    “Baker getting offers of $150 million +”

    OK. $150 million + incentives for 10 seasons ($15M per season).

    However – only $30M will be guaranteed.

    Is that cool with you?

  64. ModHairKen Says:

    Offer him what you can, what you think is fair, and if he walks, hand it to Trask.

  65. Dave Pear Says:

    I think it’s Trask.

    I mean for helping me load my moving van. He’s not a QB.

  66. WyomingJoe Says:

    Chickster: You never answered my question.

    Mike S: The Cult is dead. Baker will be re-signed. Live with it.

    Marine Buc: Your comments about Baker are laughable. Do some research.

  67. lambchop Says:

    @Joe,

    I’m actually curious if WordPress moderation is worth the headache. My guess is YES. LOL. More from the standpoint of advertising.

  68. Miller5252 Says:

    If Baker does want to hit the free agent market, any talks of another possible QB? Maybe Russel Wilson or Cousins? I can’t think of any others that are going to hit the free agent market.

  69. Mitchell Says:

    While I am a fan of Baker and think the ceiling is higher than what I am going to point out here even the most vocal Baker detractors have to admit that he is a top 15 QB at the very least. The Super Bowl measuring stick is such a lazy argument. Depending on which rankings you look at there are about 11 of the top 15 QBs who have not yet won a Super Bowl. Second, Bakers ceiling could be very high with a continued stable situation and please no one try to say that Cleveland was ever stable nor the stinkin Panthers. Yes we had staff turnover but personnel is largely the same, if we keep Baker we can draft an interior lineman or two early and secure our O-Line for a decade to come, and the offense Coen runs is virtually the same but we actually have someone who has called plays before. Alex Smith was a mediocre QB by all accounts when he started his career with 7 different offenses in 7 years but once he had a little stability he elevated into a Pro Bowl QB. In 7 seasons with the 49ers Smith had 3 head coaches and 7 offensive coordinators. Baker has been plagued by bad situations and with a little consistency could finally develop even further. As for the contract I would have to guess that 4 for 130ish could be a fair deal. That is similar to what Goff is playing on and they seem to be pretty comparable. I know everyone was talking about Geno Smith but I think Baker played his way past that measuring stick this year. All I know is the draft is an unknown even more than retaining Baker. Lets build the trenches in this draft and grow from there. Go Bucs.

  70. Joe Says:

    I’m actually curious if WordPress moderation is worth the headache. My guess is YES. LOL. More from the standpoint of advertising.

    OOOOOOHHHH yes!

    And time consumption. The amount of stories on this site might be cut by 25 percent at least. All Joe would be doing would be sifting through comments.

    And yeah, revenue would be drastically cut too. Joe doesn’t think anyone wants a pay-per-read site.

  71. Marky Mark Says:

    Good riddence. Trask 4 ever

  72. T. McGee Says:

    Let this dude move on. His opinion of his play is higher than any educated fan.

  73. ReturnGrudenToRing Says:

    Receivers are much easier to find than QB’s. A bird in the hand is better than 2 in the bush. We all know how 1st overall pick Winston panned out (and lets not forget the 2nd overall pick). Get Baker signed or franchised and also Winfield…everyone else can be replaced.

  74. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    Some fans act like Baker (or any player) who wants to test the free agent waters is some kind of back-stabbing traitor. It’s business. Every day people leave an old job for a better paying job.

    And call me a “Baker boi” if you want but this “average QB” had top 10 numbers in his first season with a new team and new coaches. He probably escaped 2 dozen would-be sacks. He played hurt at times. He was tight with his teammates. He never complained. He played in 2 playoff games, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs in both, something no other Bucs QB has even done once. These aren’t things that “average QBs” do.

    As for his career win/loss…..how has that stud QB for the Chargers been doing? Herbert is 30-32 (48.3%) in his first 4 years as a starter. Kind of makes you think that even a great QB can’t have a winning record on a lousy team, right? At least Herbert was with the same team and mostly the same coaches.

    Mayfield is 42-47 in his career (47.1%) so no real difference in win % with Herbert (as just one example) and he’s had to deal with a revolving door of coaches in Cleveland and then getting bounced around last year.

    I want to see what he can do playing with some stability with the same team and same coaches and I kind of hope it’s with the Bucs.

  75. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘Do know whenever someone uses unusual punctuation (lot of hyphens or bullet points for example) or people use or try to use HTML it triggers the moderation bots.’

    The ‘unusual punctuation’ never occurred to me Joe. That’s fascinating on WordPress’ part. Still, don’t understand why they have that in their algorithm.

    And BTW, I do empathize with you on having to play moderator. Guess it’s kind of a ‘good gnus, bad gnus’ thingie. The good news is that you have a LOT of readers, so you’re obviously doing something very very right. The bad news is … that you have a LOT of readers, and thus a LOT of comments I’m sure go to moderation and require your attention.

  76. Tony Marks Says:

    stpetebucfan Says:
    February 3rd, 2024 at 2:06 pm
    Chickster

    Who will get the ball to ME?

    You must have not been reading for long in these comments.

    Mike Is so freaking awesome it doesn’t matter how you throw the ball it goes straight into this hands.

    He just needs every once in a awhile to work on closing his fingers.

  77. tbc 1 Says:

    why not bring in Flacco as our qb…Baker brings more to the team than just a QB his leadership this past year was great. Mayfield is worth 30 mill year for 3 years money up front with a way the bucks have a forth year option. We need help in so many other spots and we can do that if we keep Baker-make some trades to get more trades its not rocket science

  78. Marky Mark Says:

    I forgot to note my comment was sarcasm. But really why is everyone so mean? The problem with the digital world is there are no immediate consequences such as in a bar brawl. However, there are mid to long term consequences. People have been fired, divorced, even worse over social media posts.

  79. Swampy Says:

    I’m on the fence about Mayfield. Mike Evans made Johnny Manzell look like a great passer. Is there a Stat for blocked passes, if so where was Mayfield on it? Is Penix an injury risk, or is his bad luck behind him? If the Bucs get a fast receiver in the 3rd or 4th round, could he and a Palmer with stickier hands allow Penix to play like the reincarnation of Daryl Lamonica? Guess we gotta trust the brain trust.

  80. NYGunner Says:

    Trask time…

  81. Tim Says:

    I really do appreciate what Baker did this year but even in his best personal season, he threw for fewer yards than CJ Stroud. Baker is pretty good, and Baker is tough, but may have maxed out his abilities in 2023. I think the Bucs should only bring him back for the right price. The Bucs cannot overpay and screw the cap. After all when you only have enough $ for hamburgers, you don’t buy steak and omit the rest of dinner. The Bucs have needs.
    aGO BUCS!

  82. Donald G Says:

    Every FA in the NFL Will test the market Fake news lol

  83. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucs should trade for Justin Fields. Much cheaper for next year, dramatically more athletic, basically an extra RB, and was more consistent in the 2nd half of the year as he greatly improved. If the Bucs were willing to use him as a runner, and not be idiots like the Bears this season and try to turn him into a pocket passer, he could be very very interesting.

    Also the bust rate for Baker is extremely high. Nothing against him – but the overwhelming vast majority of QBs who have a career year after being busts, it very very rarely works out. Doesn’t mean it won’t – but the rate is very high. With that said, I have no issue bringing back back for next year, but the Bucs shouldn’t get in any type of bidding war, as Baker isn’t special, isn’t a franchise QB, and certainly shouldn’t be talked about as one. He’s a Gardner Minshew level QB who can do well if put in the right system, but Minshew isn’t a former #1 overall, so no one thinks about him a franchise QB (and Minshew had a QBR about 5 points higher than Baker).

  84. adam from ny Says:

    you guys need to screw your heads on straight…

    baker is going to get a raise or upgrade from the geno smith contract with seattle last year…

    that was 3 years 75 mil…

    the bump up puts it at 3 years 90 mil…as things only go up…

    that’s why i keep saying it will probably be 3 years 100 mil…

    he realistically could get 3 years 105 or 110 mil…

    i don’t think he gets 40 mil like the crazy danny dimes contract

  85. adam from ny Says:

    if i owned the team i offer baker 3 years 100 mil…

    a cot or futon in the boiler room at ray jay…probably best to go futon if he has his lady visit…

    1% of concession sales at home games…

    and a mickey dee’s gift card for 2k – so he can stay stocky to absorb hits, since jensen retired…

    maybe a gift card to cici’s pizza as well for 1k

    🙂

  86. Rappin Reporter Says:

    Chicks tee is only a Baker hater ….go live in a Blue state Chick. Evans??? I’d take Baker, a REAL team player

  87. chickster Says:

    I don’t hate Baker i just want a reasonable deal and want Evans to be top priority . Godwin doesn’t click with baker for whatever reason.

  88. John Dixon Says:

    Have to laugh at all of the boobs who keep saying nobody will pay him and let him test the waters. If he is not tagged, he will get that 32 to 35 million range. If not tagged, he may take less just because of being disrespected for he 30th time in his career. This team has no real QB to go with if he leaves. It will get much worse and then the coaching staff will get canned making it a rebuild. Irrelevant for a few years after that. So go ahead and expect Trask to do anything but be useless and then enjoy what you asked for.

  89. Giovanni Del Negro Says:

    I’m not a BUCS fan but I respect them. I am a hopeful NY Giants fan. But like in our case Baker Mayfield is not a $35 million dollar quarterback just like Daniel Jones is not a $40 million dollar quarterback. Yes he had a great respectable year. But at best he is a $20-25 m signal caller the same as Jones. Good luck BUCS. I’m just hoping for a .500 season for a change.