Could Buccaneers trade for former Heisman quarterback?

Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers and Baker Mayfield? This would probably be one of the biggest surprises of the offseason.

The Buccaneers haven’t shut the door on adding almost every available quarterback this offseason in the quest to find a replacement for Tom Brady.

The value of the position mixed with Bruce Arians’ age has made it extremely likely that the Bucs do something to find a better option to compete other than Kyle Trask or Blaine Gabbert, and that strangely brings us to Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield is coming off a bad year with the Browns and has caused plenty of heated debates within the Browns fanbase, but that hasn’t stopped the Buccaneers from looking into the former Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.

As we have said plenty of times over the past week, Heisman Trophies mean little outside of name recognition. The positive with going after Baker is that the Bucs have a body of work from the NFL to evaluate.

The issue with what the Bucs have in Gabbert and Trask is the unknown. Gabbert’s track record doesn’t create any confidence in his ability to lead this team, but he could be decent with Tampa’s weapons despite his terrible performances on the field throughout his career,

Kyle Trask hasn’t played any real NFL reps yet, but he could  work out as an NFL quarterback.

The issue with NFL quarterbacks is the vast majority don’t actually pan out. Yes, many fans like the unknown of Trask or Gabbert more than the apparent ceiling of Mayfield, but expecting Trask or Gabbert to have a wildly better career than what we have already seen from Mayfield runs counter to decades of numbers and quarterback evaluations.

Mayfield may look like a safer option for immediate competition, especially with a recent win in the playoffs, but we still aren’t sold. As previously-mentioned, there is a ceiling on what Mayfield can do, and the injuries last season did little to inspire confidence that he is a guy worth paying or trading for.

To make matters worse for this deal, too much would have to happen to actually cause either side to seek a trade. Deshaun Watson to the Browns seems unlikely, and Tampa giving up a haul of picks for a guy that isn’t a clear franchise option is not a great use of resources.

It’s fun being connected to big-name players that have large personalities, but we aren’t buying this as the most-likely future for the Bucs at their most important position.

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