Tom Brady’s successor likely to be Baker Mayfield as Heisman winner has ‘inside lane’ on Bucs starting quarterback job on Kyle Trask
- Tom Brady hung up his boots after a 23-year career in February
- And Tampa Bay is getting closer to knowing who his replacement will be
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Tom Brady’s Buccaneers successor is yet to be decided, but the picture is becoming a bit clearer according to a new report.
Baker Mayfield and 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask are competing to be Tampa’s starting quarterback following Brady’s retirement in February.
And according to NFL Network Ian Rapoport, Mayfield “probably has the inside track” to win the starting job.
Speaking on ‘Inside Training Camp Live’, Rapoport cited Mayfield’s salary ($4m guaranteed) and experience as reasons why he might have the edge over Trask.
However, Rapoport noted that Trask is still “very competitive”
Tom Brady announced his retirement in February after 23 legendary seasons in the NFL
And now Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask are competing for his former Bucaneers job
Bucs coach Todd Bowles announced Wednesday that Mayfield will start the team’s preseason opener against the Steelers.
Trask is expected to start next week against the Jets.
The former University of Florida quarterback is yet to make an NFL start and completed just three of nine pass attempts last season for 23 yards.
Mayfield, the first pick in the 2018 draft, spent four seasons with the Browns before playing for the Panthers and Rams last season.
He struggled with the Panthers before being released in December, but hung on in Los Angeles soon after and impressed in four starts.
Brady, meanwhile, has kept busy in retirement.
He announced last week that he had become a minority investor in Birmingham City Championship.
Tom Brady invested in Championship outfit Birmingham City and became a minority shareholder in the club. He confirmed the news to fans in a video on social media on Thursday
Brady will apply “his extensive leadership experience” while advising “on health, nutrition, wellness and recovery”, according to a club statement.
“So here’s the deal, I officially join Birmingham City Football Club,” Brady said in a social media video.
“And maybe you’re asking what do you know about English football, Tom? Let’s say I have a lot to learn. But I do know a few things about winning, and I think they translate pretty well.
Brady also bought a minority stake in the Las Vegas Aces from the WNBA in March.
And last month he also bought a team of racing boats with Rafael Nadal and Formula 1 star Sergio Perez.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner is expected to join Fox Sports as an NFL analyst in the fall of 2024.