Buccaneers Officially Moving On From Jameis Winston?
Are the Buccaneers officially moving on from Jamieis Winston?
It is beginning to look that way.
Heading into this offseason, the former Florida State standout is a free agent. Winston has had something of an up and down career in Tampa Bay, and head coach Bruce Arians seems to have his sights set on a different passer leading his offense.
The recent decision by the Los Angeles Chargers to part ways with Philip Rivers will likely only expedite the inevitable divorce between Winston and the Buccaneers.
Rivers has long had his eye on Tampa Bay as a potential landing spot, along with the Carolina Panthers, so this could prove to be a perfect match from all angles.
According to odds makers, the probability of Winston not being a member of the Buccaneers is higher than him returning to the organization.
Winston not returning is listed at -200, while him returning is listed at +150.
The same odds makers also list the Buccaneers as the favorites to sign Rivers this summer.
Is Rivers a legitimate upgrade over Winston? That is debatable.
Last year, Rivers threw for 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Winston, conversely, threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
That said, just one year earlier, the numbers were not all that close.
In 2018, Rivers threw for 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 4,308 yards. Winston threw for 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2,992 yards.
— William (@He3Man7) February 4, 2020
If Rivers can return to the form he was in just one year earlier, he is a significantly better and more reliable option at quarterback than Winston.
That said, if 2019 was the new normal for Rivers, then the Buccaneers are essentially downgrading for an older quarterback for no reason at all.
Either way, it looks like the Winston Era in Tampa Bay is officially done. Whether or not that is a good thing remains to be seen.