June 25, 2024

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Baker Mayfield and Sterling Shepard are about to experience a rare opportunity to play together at the professional level.

The Oklahoma City native signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, as first reported by NFL Network insider Mike.

Shepard was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and played his first eight seasons with the New York Giants.

With 372 receptions, 4,095 yards, and 23 touchdowns in 90 regular season games, he left the Giants in sixth place in career receptions. Throughout his career, Shepard has struggled with ailments, including damaged Achilles and ACLs in 2022 and 2021, respectively, and he even considered retiring. Rather, the Buccaneers anticipate that

During the 2015 season at Oklahoma, the pair connected on 86 throws for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Thanks in large part to their camaraderie, the Sooners achieved their first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoffs that season, losing to Clemson 37-17 in the Orange Bowl.

The tandem’s 31-24 triumph over Tennessee on the second weekend of the season stands out as one of their more memorable moments together. Oklahoma overcame a 17-point deficit in Knoxville, and in double overtime, Mayfield connected with Shepard for an 18-yard touchdown throw.

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