April 17, 2024

Report: Bucs likely to use franchise tag on Antoine Winfield, Jr. not Baker Mayfield

Buccaneers security Antoine Winfield, Jr. was snubbed for the Pro Bowl. He however secured the extra important designation of first-team All-Pro. Soon, he may very well be including the title of franchise participant.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times experiences that the Buccaneers are expected to use the franchise tag on Winfield, in the event that they use it this yr. That means they gained’t use it on quarterback Baker Mayfield.

That means Mayfield will turn into an unrestricted free agent.

That makes issues very attention-grabbing. Mayfield resurrected his profession in Tampa final season. (He was my first choice for comeback player of the year.) He led the Bucs to the playoffs. Unless Tampa Bay will get him signed within the subsequent few weeks, he can go anyplace he needs.

He would be part of Kirk Cousins and (if/when launched by the Broncos) Russell Wilson and (when launched by the Raiders) Jimmy Garoppolo as former starters turned veteran free brokers. Others who will hit the market, barring extensions, embrace Sam Darnold and Ryan Tannehill.

That’s loads of veteran expertise on the quarterback place. It ought to make for a really attention-grabbing free-agency interval. It all begins in solely three weeks.