Buccaneers Saying Goodbye To Jameis Winston
The Buccaneers are saying goodbye to Jameis Winston, it appears.
Winston is entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He reportedly wants a massive payday, one that would result in him receiving a salary on par with some of the league’s best quarterbacks.
Although he is supremely talented, Tampa Bay learned first hand this past season that having Winston as your quarterback comes with a lot of highs and lows.
The 25-year-old set a new record this year when he threw for 30 interceptions. In doing so, he became the first passer to achieve the feat since 1988. That is the bad.
On the flip side, in the very same season Winston became the first quarterback in Buccaneers history to throw for more than 5,000 yards. That is the good.
With Winston, you constantly have to balance out the positives and negatives in hopes of getting a quality quarterback.
After the 2019-20 season came to an end, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians offered Winston a very lukewarm endorsement. He certainly did not seem opposed to getting him back, but he also was not as enthusiastic about it as let’s say the New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees.
This week, an NFL insider told ESPN that there was no conceivable way the Buccaneers end up paying Winston what he wants to be paid.
“I don’t see how you can pay him,” the executive insisted.
“It would have to be pretty reasonably low if they did. You can’t give him big money based on the way he played. He won’t have a market.”
If Tampa Bay ultimately opts not to pay Winston what he has deemed himself worth, then it is unlikely that a resolution between the two parties will be reached.
Winston has quietly been linked to the Las Vegas Raiders over the past few weeks, but it is unclear if anything will truly happen there.