Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston Plan Comes Into Focus
The Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston plan is slowly coming into focus.
Winston, 26, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He can go anywhere he wants to, and Tampa Bay will need to shell out some big money to retain him.
Last year Winston amassed 5,109 yards, 33 scores and 30 picks. As is typically true when it comes to him, the season was filled with a lot of highs and lot of lows.
Winston continues to display the sort of raw talent that drew comparisons to Cam Newton when he first came out of college. That said, he still makes just as many bone-headed mistakes as good decisions – and that is troubling.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly expressed a lack of enthusiasm when it comes to talk of keeping his young quarterback.
According to Arians, his primary objective this summer will be ensuring that the defense remains strong. With Shaq Barrett fresh off a 58 tackle, 19.5 sack year – that certainly makes a lot of sense.
But what does that mean for Winston?
Arians was recently asked about that by the Tampa Bay Times, and he kept his cards pretty close to the vest.
“Really nothing has changed,” he said.
“What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been repeatedly mentioned as someone the Buccaneers may go out and pursue.
If that happens, obviously Winston will need to find a new time to play for come 2020-21.