3 quarterbacks Bucs should target (and 2 they shouldn't) in 2024

Is Baker Mayfield, in fact, the answer? If not, who is?
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What will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end up doing next offseason, specifically at the quarterback position?

Like many other teams, the upcoming offseason will feature plenty of questions but none greater than the one at quarterback.

Baker Mayfield has performed admirably, overall, this season. He'll be a free agent. The team could target a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft, though, too.

Let's take a look at three ideal targets for the Bucs next offseason, with a couple of guys to avoid as well.

Target No. 1: Kirk Cousins, 2024 NFL Free Agency

If the Bucs feel like they can do enough in the offseason to be considered a contender (and that's saying quite a bit) then Kirk Cousins is an ideal target in free agency. Coming off a torn Achilles, though, is going to make his free agency real interesting.

The Vikings should be all-in on bringing him back, the way he's played for them. But, they might let him go. If they do, he'll want to sign with a contender. Could the Bucs do enough to fill in their holes in the secondary and on the offensive line for Cousins to be sold on the idea of Tampa competing in 2024?

Cousins is a lot like Mayfield, but a bit of an upgrade. The Bucs wouldn't have to change a lot scheme-wise (although, they should, and that's a story for another day). Cousins would likely have enough weapons to work with, whether the team brings back Mike Evans or goes after a top rookie to pair with Chris Godwin.

The man throws for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his sleep. You can't ask for more than that as a free agent signing.