Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaves the field after the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield has been a success story in Tampa Bay in 2023. While the Buccaneers may not have the most sterling record, they’ve proved much more competent than many experts predicted they would be. A lot of that has to do with Mayfield and his play.

So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the two sides reportedly want to stick around. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Christmas Eve that the Bucs and Mayfield have a “mutual interest” in extending the relationship.

Rapoport alluded to this with a post on Sunday morning.

“The Bucs and QB Baker Mayfield have mutual interest for him to be back in 2024,” Rapoport posted. “The former No. 1 pick seems to have found a home.”

Rapoport alluded to “potential issues” that could arise in the process though. He said in the report that added leverage due to Mayfield’s success this season could cause a strain. “But based on what the team has meant to him, and what the QB means to them, both parties want to do it again next year,” Rapoport wrote.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick is on the way to one of his best seasons. He’s thrown for 3,315 yards, a completion percentage of 63.5 percent, 24 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. Four more touchdowns would make for a career-high mark for the former Oklahoma Sooner.

[Ian Rapoport]

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