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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Pittsburgh Steelers

This one is a bit of a wild card and would probably require some salary cap gymnastics on Pittsburgh's part, but what if the Steelers went all in on Mayfield?

The Steelers made the playoffs last season despite suffering from inconsistent -- and often underwhelming -- quarterback play all season. Imagine what they could do with a signal-caller who could actually raise the team's ceiling.

Mayfield isn't a perfect player, but he'd be a clear upgrade over anyone on Pittsburgh's roster currently. Plus, coach Mike Tomlin has stated that he plans for competition at the position.

“There’s always competition in this thing, Tomlin said last month. “We don’t anoint anyone. Man, I’m appreciative of [Kenny Pickett’s] efforts and where he is and excited about continuing to work with him. But certainly, he will be challenged from a competition perspective moving forward. Competition brings the best out in all of us.”

Pickett will be back, but Mason Rudolph is set for free agency. There's a chance that the Steelers will bring him back, but the possibility also remains that they let him walk and go in a different direction.

The Steelers could be a quarterback upgrade away from true contention next season. Perhaps Mayfield will be the answer.

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