5 quarterbacks Bucs can target if Baker Mayfield leaves in free agency

There's no guarantee Baker is back in Tampa, so what's 'Plan B' look like?

Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, Justin Fields, Baker Mayfield
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Russell Wilson via free agency

Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos made the announcement that they were officially releasing Russell Wilson. Aside from the fact that their trade for Wilson is going to go down as the worst trade in league history, they're doing what they believe to be the right move for their franchise going forward.

But, the interesting part is that Wilson is being paid $39 million by Denver for the 2024 season even though he's not playing a down for the Broncos. This allows Wilson to sign somewhere else for a minimal price, which immediately makes him an attractive option.

Say what you will about Wilson, his exits in Seattle and Denver and his eccentric personality, but he played pretty good ball last season. In 15 starts with the Broncos, Wilson threw for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight picks. The 9-time Pro Bowler certainly didn't look washed.

Wilson might be out of the question for the Bucs, though, as he's already been spotted heading to Pittsburgh and is also a rumored target for the Raiders. Still, he'd be a plug-and-play option within this offense in Tampa.