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Following the NFC South champions’ performance in the playoffs and advancement past the Wild Card stage in 2023, securing quarterback Baker Mayfield seems to be of utmost importance to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After a series of inconsistent and underwhelming seasons, the former top overall draft pick showcased a remarkable improvement, receiving his maiden Pro Bowl selection and ranking among the top 10 in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Emmanuel Acho mentioned on FS1’s “Speak” that the Buccaneers have a “pressing” need for Mayfield beyond his own necessity for the team.

Mayfield wrapped up the regular season with 4,044 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and a mere 10 interceptions, showcasing the type of performance many anticipated from him since his NFL debut.

In the initial playoff round, he delivered 337 passing yards and three touchdowns without any interceptions as Tampa Bay dominated the reigning NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, with a score of 32-9.

While Mayfield appears poised for a lucrative deal in free agency next month, the Buccaneers face a challenge in retaining him due to star wide receiver Mike Evans also becoming a free agent in March.

In the 2023 season, Evans clinched his fifth Pro Bowl appearance with 79 receptions for 1,255 yards and the highest number of receiving touchdowns in the league, making his departure a significant blow to their playoff prospects next season.

If Mayfield departs from Tampa Bay, numerous teams are expected to pursue him, underscoring the notable stride he has made over the past several months.

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