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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are keeping Baker Mayfield under center after the veteran quarterback agreed to a three-year deal with the team, per NFL Network. 

It’s a three-year pact worth $100 million with $50 million guaranteed, NFL Network added. The max value of the contract is reportedly $115 million. 

Mayfield impressed the Buccaneers by helping them win the NFC South this past season and taking down the reigning NFC-champion Philadelphia Eagles at home in the wild-card round.

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Baker Mayfield has agreed to a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/File)

The Bucs had a huge quarterback question heading into last season with Tom Brady officially retiring, but Mayfield earned the starting role – one they’d like to see him in for years to come. 

Vibes were very low for the Bucs this time last year after Brady made his second retirement and the future of the quarterback position became a major question to be answered. 

The Bucs brought in Mayfield, who had been with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams the year prior. This came after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns that didn’t work out the way both sides wanted.

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After going 1-5 with the Panthers and 1-3 with the Rams, Mayfield’s future in the NFL went from first overall franchise quarterback to backup quarterback status.

But he had a chance to win the Bucs job and did much more than that in 2023. 

Mayfield set career highs in passing yards (4,044) and passing touchdowns (28) while throwing 10 interceptions and owning a 64.3% completion rate – again, a career-high.

Baker Mayfield throws ball

Baker Mayfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of the NFC wild-card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 15, 2024. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Bucs went 9-8 with him leading the offense, enough to win a mediocre NFC South title. But the statement was the 32-9 blowout the Bucs put together against the Eagles, with Mayfield throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns. 

If there was doubt Mayfield couldn’t be a playoff-caliber quarterback all season, that ended when he moved on to the next round. 

The Bucs’ front office has been active in trying to run it back in 2024, as they signed Mayfield’s favorite target, wide receiver Mike Evans, to a long-term deal. They also franchise-tagged safety Antoine Winfield in hopes that they can reach an extension, too. Either way, all three key pieces will be back next season.

It’s been quite the turnaround for Mayfield, who made the best of his opportunity with the Bucs on what may have been the verge of a journeyman career.

Baker Mayfield looks on

Baker Mayfield (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/File)

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Now, he’s a franchise quarterback again.

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