July 15, 2024

The speculation surrounding a potential move of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Atlanta Falcons has been a recurring topic of discussion. However, Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests that the Falcons may not be actively pursuing Mayfield as of yet. According to Ledbetter’s recent conversation with the JoeBucsFan website, it seems the Falcons are still in the early stages of their quarterback evaluation process and may not have progressed to considering Mayfield as an option.

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The Falcons’ newly appointed offensive coordinator, Zac Robinson, indicated during his introductory press conference that he is keen on assessing Desmond Ridder, the team’s third-round draft pick from 2022. Robinson emphasized that the Falcons are exploring all options for their quarterback situation, indicating a thorough search beyond Mayfield.

Ledbetter notes that while the Falcons are exploring various avenues, financial constraints could limit their ability to engage in a bidding war with Tampa Bay for Mayfield’s services. Furthermore, Mayfield’s ties to the Buccaneers organization, including his expressed affinity for the team and his involvement in the hiring of Liam Coen as offensive coordinator, may complicate any potential move to Atlanta.

Mayfield’s familiarity with both Coen and Robinson from their time together with the Los Angeles Rams suggests a comfort level within the Buccaneers’ offensive system, potentially making a move to Atlanta less likely. Additionally, the possibility of Tampa Bay retaining Mayfield’s rights through the franchise tag adds another layer of complexity to any potential negotiations between Mayfield and the Buccaneers.

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