3 Buccaneers players who shouldn't be back in 2024, and 3 that should

It's time for the Bucs to build on a rather successful 2023.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield
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Bring back: Baker Mayfield, QB

Finally, and maybe most importantly, this club needs to bring back Baker Mayfield on a long-term deal. The former no. 1 overall pick proved his worth in Tampa Bay, and also proved he can indeed be a franchise quarterback.

Mayfield had the best year of his career in his first season with the Bucs and became the ultimate value. He signed with the Bucs on a 1-year, $4 million deal last year, and went on to throw for career highs in yards (4,044), passing touchdowns (28) and completion percentage (64.3).

The grit and toughness Mayfield has always brought to the table were especially on display this year for the Bucs. He was able to mask some of the issues along the offensive line by constantly escaping sacks and extending plays, and he'd let defenses know about it afterwards, too. This is the kind of guy the locker room wants under center; the kind of leader the team needs.

The Bucs must bring Mayfield back this offseason. There is no debate to be had, especially considering their draft positioning and comparable options in free agency. Mayfield can and should be a long-term play, here.