Baker Mayfield landing spots: 4 big-contract options for Pro Bowl QB in 2024 NFL Free Agency

Where will Baker Mayfield end up in 2024?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to re-sign Mayfield prior to NFL free agency

It makes most sense for Mayfield to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers given the success he had in 2023.  If the team can lock up Mike Evans prior to free agency, there would be a greater chance of the team keeping Mayfield as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Baker Mayfield
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The Mayfield to Evans connection in Tampa was electric and bring both players back should be a priority of the team.  But what will get it done for the Buccaneers?  That could be just above a three-year, $75 million deal according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.  That is a starting point that rivals what Geno Smith got with the Seattle Seahawks after a similar comeback player performance after his first season with the team.

Jones writes:

"It's possible, if not likely, the Buccaneers would value Mayfield more than any other NFL team. But that doesn't mean they can lowball him and run the risk of disrespecting the quarterback. A reasonable starting point, according to league sources, would be a tick above Geno Smith's three-year, $75 million deal with Seattle last year that allowed for a Seahawks out after one season."

Mayfield, who was a bargain free agent signing prior to the 2023 NFL season, took a team that was on the brink of rebuilding following Tom Brady’s retirement to an NFC South Championship and a playoff victory.  In passing for over 4,000 yards, 28 touchdowns and forming that connection with Evans, Mayfield looked very much like the quarterback prospect he was coming out of the University of Oklahoma. 

If the price is right, Mayfield will be motivated to run it back.  It sounds like both sides are interested in making that happen.