Baker Mayfield has a decision to make about his future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he enters free agency this 2024 offseason.
By the looks of it, returning to the Bucs seem to be the best choice considering how much success he had with the team in his prove-it year. However, it’s still up to Mayfield, and with a new offensive coordinator coming in, it might change things for the veteran quarterback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire New Offensive Coordinator
After making it all the way to the divisional round of the 2023 playoffs, the Buccaneers lost offensive coordinator Dave Canales, who joined the Carolina Panthers to be their new head coach.
As a result, the Buccaneers were forced to look elsewhere for his replacement, eventually hiring veteran coach and longtime offensive coordinator and QBs coach Liam Coen.
“We are thrilled to welcome Liam Coen as our new offensive coordinator. Throughout the selection process, Liam stood out for his innovative offensive mind, exceptional coaching skills, and the remarkable impact he’s had at every level of his career,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said of Coen,
“We believe his vision and approach to the game will be a tremendous asset to our team, and we look forward to the energy and expertise he brings to our coaching staff.”
Coen has served as Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator in 2022 before returning to Kentucky–where he also served in 2021–to be their OC and QBs coach in 2023.
Baker Mayfield on Tampa Bay Buccaneers Future
Sure enough, with all the changes happening in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, Baker Mayfield might have some concerns about a potential return. He had success with Canales as OC, but there’s no guarantee he would be able to replicate that with Coen now calling the plays on offense.
Contrary to that narrative, though, Mayfield is excited to work with Coen and expressed his desire to return to the Buccaneers.
“The first step happened in Tampa hiring a new OC so I’m excited about that somebody I’m familiar with,” Mayfield said on The Rich Eisen Show when asked about his future with the Buccaneers.
“Yeah great guy, obviously I think a big factor in that the same system that we ran last year, so guys don’t have to relearn anything. Terminology might be a little different but same system same scheme. So just take the next steps from there and then let my agent and those guys negotiate from there. I’m thankful for that place they gave me an opportunity.”
He absolutely balled out this season and led the @Buccaneers to a playoff victory, so what's in @bakermayfield #NFL future? Is a return to Tampa Bay in the cards?#SuperBowl #RESB58 #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/5OwdAZMWgo
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) February 7, 2024
When Eisen elaborated and asked if his “first option” is to stay with the Buccaneers, Mayfield didn’t hide his desire to run it back.
“I would love to, just how they run things, how they operate, it allowed me to play free and just all about ball.”
For what it’s worth, the expectation is for Mayfield to really become the Buccaneers’ long-term QB. He was supposed to be a bridge QB, but after proving that he has what it takes to lead a team, the talk now is for Tampa Bay to secure him long-term.
For now a deal has yet to be made, but it appears both sides have a mutual wish to continue their partnership.
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