Baker Mayfield Showing Little Interest in Joining Patriots

The Patriots might have to change their plan of action at quarterback this offseason.

Jan 21, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up
Jan 21, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots will be in the market for a new starting quarterback this offseason after things went south with Mac Jones in 2023. The Patriots can draft a quarterback with the third-overall pick or sign an established starter in free agency.

If they decide to take that route, one quarterback who could be on the Patriots’ radar is Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is coming off an excellent season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he led them to an NFC South title and a playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mayfield is due to get paid this offseason and could be the perfect option for the Patriots if they want to accelerate their rebuild.

Patriots Rumors: Mayfield Not Interested in Joining New England

However, the veteran quarterback doesn’t seem fond of playing in New England. Chad Graff of The Athletic wrote Tuesday that it doesn’t appear the interest is mutual between Mayfield and the Patriots. 

Graff adds, "Early indications are that Mayfield plans to consider other options — likely the Buccaneers, Vikings and Falcons — before the Patriots could become serious contenders for his services. He could command more than $30 million per year, according to a league source.”

It’s not surprising to see that Mayfield isn’t considering the Pats, especially knowing that Tampa Bay has re-signed Mike Evans to a two-year contract on Monday. The 28-year-old quarterback has a better chance of winning in Tampa Bay and Minnesota quicker than New England, which plays in a tough AFC East division.

The Patriots’ best plan of action at quarterback this offseason is to draft a new franchise quarterback at No. 3 overall and then sign a veteran (Joe Flacco, maybe?).

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