Buccaneers Not Bringing Jameis Winston Back
The Buccaneers are not bringing Jameis Winston back, that much is now clear.
The 26-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Tampa Bay would commit to the former Florida State star long-term.
By now, everyone knows exactly what the deal is with Winston.
It is always a feast-or-famine situation with the young quarterback.
Last year, Winston led the entire NFL in passing yardage with 5,109 total yards. That is the good.
The bad, however, is that he also led the whole NFL in interceptions with 30.
Ever since being drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, every good thing Winston has done has always been accompanied by something negative.
In his first year, Winston received a Pro Bowl nod and seemed destined for greatness.
Instead of developing his game and coming back even better in his sophomore season, Winston regressed.
Every season since has featured him throwing amazing passes and logic-defying touchdowns, only to follow that up with stupendously bad turnovers.
Recently, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked if he had made a decision on whether or not Winston would be returning to the club in 2020-21.
His answer did not invoke much optimism regarding a deal getting done.
“No, because you don’t know who’s available,” he said.
“You’re just sitting and waiting to see, is there someone available? And is he a better option? That’s the problem. You get about three days to decide — the legal tampering [period].
“Is somebody else gonna get let go? What’s the trade values? It’s really monotonous right now because you don’t really have any answers.”
That is not the answer of a coach who wants his quarterback to come back. If you want to know what that sounds like, go review the tape of how New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks of Taysom Hill or how Andy Reid talks about Patrick Mahomes.
Arians’ references to Winston are nothing like that. The Tampa Bay head coach is lukewarm at best when talk turns to bringing his young quarterback around on another big deal.
Given the amount of money Winston will be looking for in his next contract and how generally unimpressed Arians is with him, it is safe to assume that Winston will be playing in a new uniform come next season.