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Buccaneers GM addresses Baker Mayfield backup rumours

Baker Mayfield to the Buccaneers – but in a backup role?

In Tampa Bay, where reigning starter Tom Brady has returned after a 40-day retirement, that doesn’t seem likely, but general manager Jason Licht hasn’t exactly ended speculation either.

“I don’t want to talk about a player who’s on another team’s roster right now, but we can always add an experienced quarterback,” Licht said Wednesday on SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio” when asked about the possibility of adding Mayfield as a veteran quarterback to support Brady.

“We’ll have to see how things go here.”

Blaine Gabbert had served as Brady’s backup for two seasons, and the Buccaneers also have second-year quarterback Kyle Trask as an option.

However, Mayfield could be considered as a backup for this season and a starter if Brady decides to actually retire or move to another franchise next offseason.

“Kyle is someone that we’ve been really excited for and his progress over the past year as a backup quarterback just learning behind Tom, learning behind Blaine,” Licht said. “We’re really excited about him and I think he’s just going to continue to develop. We had Blaine on our list last year, and that could still be a possibility. We are still examining the entire market here and will see what happens here.”

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht at the NFL Combine in February 2022
Buccaneers GM Jason Licht at the NFL Combine in February 2022
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Mayfield has seen his NFL options dwindle in recent days after the Browns traded for controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson last week. The Saints fired quarterback Jameis Winston, while the Colts — once Mayfield’s target of choice — took over former Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Monday.

Elsewhere, the Seahawks remain a quarterback after selling Russell Wilson to the Broncos earlier this month and have been repeatedly linked with Mayfield. Seattle may be interested in the Browns’ former first pick, but “at the right price,” according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Originally, the Browns had been looking for a first-round pick to get Mayfield out of Cleveland, but it appears that’s no longer the case.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield on the touchline during a Browns Patriots game in November 2021
Quarterback Baker Mayfield on the touchline during a Browns Patriots game in November 2021
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Mayfield, 26, took a step back last season – partly due to injuries – after leading the Browns into the 2020 postseason. In January, he underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

The quarterback is expected to be cleared for training camp, which begins this summer, a source told ESPN earlier this year.

Stay tuned in to which training camp Mayfield is attending.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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