3 dark horse landing spots for Baker Mayfield if he leaves Buccaneers

Mayfield will have no shortage of suitors coming off of the best season of his career in Tampa Bay.

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for a
Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for a / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have made no secret of their plan to upgrade the quarterback position over the offseason.

"That's a top priority for us this offseason, and it's exciting," Falcons GM Terry Fontenot said recently. "Again, not only people that have been in the building, but people outside of the building from Raheem (Morris) and (offensive coordinator) Zac (Robinson), (QBs coach) T.J. Yates, (assistant coach) Ken Zampese, (assistant QBs coach) DJ Williams -- we have a lot of really smart people in the building.

"We're going to spend a lot of time together, make sure we attack that the right way," he added. "We're not going to close any doors, be it trades, free agency, the draft. We will make sure we keep an open mind there and we're going to attack it and make sure we get it right."

After missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, it's no surprise that Atlanta is looking for improvement at arguably the game's most important position. it doesn't seem like Atlanta's front office is confident that either Desmond Ridder or Taylor Heinicke is the quarterback of the future, so searching for an upgrade makes sense.

Mayfield -- who is coming off of a season in which he threw for over 4,0000 yards and 28 touchdowns -- represents a clear upgrade over both Ridder and Heinicke. Could he go from one NFC South team to another?