Buccaneers and Baker Mayfield closing in on a deal according to reports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Baker Mayfield are closing in on a deal, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Mayfield, coming off a strong year with the Bucs, taking them deep into the NFC playoffs, took a chance on himself by signing a one-year deal to play in Tampa, and now it looks like it may pay off big.

Baker Mayfield runs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 11th, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. FL – Kyle Zedacker /Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baker and the Bucs are close to a three-year, $100 million dollar deal coming into this season.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero detailed the deal, reporting that of Mayfield’s $50 million guarantee, $30 million will be given in the first year of the new deal.

Mayfield took a one-year, four million dollar deal to play with the Buccaneers, a cheaper price tag than backup Taylor Heinicke and Jarrett Stidham for the same season.

Mayfield won the job with a solid preseason and kept it going once the regular season started. He threw for 4,044 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Buccaneers won the NFC South and a playoff game too. Mayfield made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

The Buccaneers and Mayfield offered each other lifelines. For the Bucs, it was a low-cost gamble on a former No. 1 overall draft pick as they transitioned away from Tom Brady. It was a way for Mayfield to get back on the NFL’s starting quarterback track. It worked out as well as anyone could have expected.”

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