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Bucs targeting free agent QB Baker Mayfield

Jan 1, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) throws the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to target free agent quarterback Baker Mayfield as a replacement for the retired Tom Brady, NFL Network reported Sunday.

Mayfield, who turns 28 next month, split last season with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams after playing his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

He was 1-5 with the Panthers and 1-3 with the Rams, completing a combined 60.0 percent of his passes for 2,163 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 12 games (10 starts) in 2022.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2018, the former Heisman Trophy winner is 31-38 as an NFL starter. Among quarterbacks in his draft class, his 16,288 passing yards and 102 touchdowns trail only Buffalo’s Josh Allen (18,397 and 138).

If he does sign with the Bucs in free agency this week, Mayfield would presumably compete with Kyle Trask for the QB1 slot vacated by Brady. Trask, 25, completed 3 of 9 passes for 23 yards last season.

–Field Level Media

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