been a strange two years for Baker Mayfield.
After an unlikely playoff appearance, a wild-card win at Pittsburgh, and a close, tough loss to the Chiefs in the 2020 playoffs, signs were pointing towards Mayfield receiving a franchise-quarterback contract.
Now, the potential Tampa Bay starter is guaranteed low-level backup quarterback pay.
Mayfield’s contract carries a $2 million guaranteed base salary and a $2 million roster bonus payable on the fifth day of the league year. This is for the base package.
He could earn as much as $4.5 million based on playing time, regular-season playing time and passing statistics. Specific triggers have not yet been disclosed.
Last year, Mayfield made a big bet on himself, trading a guaranteed base salary of $19.9 million with the Browns for much less guaranteed pay. He is betting for the second straight year on spending the 2023 season proving himself to be a starter in the NFL.
Either way, it’s a big deal for the Buccaneers. When they trade away Tom Brady, they get Mayfield for relative peanuts. And if Mayfield plays well, he could make more than $4 million in 2024.
Baker Mayfield bet on himself again originally appeared pro football talk