Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield has revitalized his career this season and can vault the Buccaneers into the NFC Championship Game with a win over the Detroit Lions this weekend.
But even though Mayfield and Co. are focused on the now, you can’t help but wonder what the future has in store for Mayfield, who is set to be a free agent this offseason.
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Dave Canales spoke about Mayfield this week and why it is so important for the Bucs to re-sign him this spring.
“Continuity is huge, right? But we all know every team is going to be different,” Canales said, via the Buccaneers’ official YouTube account. “Even the guys that come back are all going to be different.”
Mayfield threw for 4,044 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 64.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 94.6 during the regular season.
He then went 22-for-36 with 337 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round off the playoffs this past Monday.
“There are contract things, there are family things, people are getting married, people are having kids, there are deaths in the family — it really changes each player, individually,” Canales added about players being different the following season. “It becomes really important for us to reconnect as we come back in after the season, whenever that happens.”
It has been one heck of a resurgence for Baker Mayfield, whose NFL career appeared to be on life support last year when he split the campaign between the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams.
The 28-year-old was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.