The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for their new starting quarterback this offseason after the retirement of legendary quarterback Tom Brady this year. The team moved one step closer in that process this week by officially signing former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. But even though they’re bringing him in, it doesn’t sound like they’re just handing him the starting role.
In a press release on Friday morning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said that Mayfield will “compete for the starting job.”
“Baker is a tough competitor who plays with the kind of passion and confidence that you look for in a quarterback,” Licht said in a statement according to . “He’s a young veteran with good upside who should thrive in our new offensive system with receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage. He had an impressive 2020 season when he led the Browns to their playoff appearance and did some good things during his brief stint with the Rams at the end of last season.
“I know from speaking with him that he is excited to come in and compete for the starting job.”
In addition to Mayfield, the Buccaneers also have 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask, who will presumably compete with Mayfield for the team’s starting quarterback job.