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Jameis Winston officially agrees to 1-year deal with Saints

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston will be playing with the New Orleans Saints next season.

Winston and the Saints officially agreed to a 1-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday.

Word first emerged overnight Sunday going into Monday that the two sides were finalizing a contract. Later on Monday, the Saints reached a deal with Taysom Hill on a two-year extension.

The addition of Winston gives the Saints a crowded quarterback room, as well as a possible Drew Brees successor. They have Brees, Winston and Hill all who play quarterback, with Winston and Hill battling for reps behind Brees.

New Orleans is hoping Jameis can develop and cut down on his interceptions, which were his downfall with the Bucs (he had a league-worst 30 last season). In a perfect world, Winston develops into a capable quarterback similar to the way Teddy Bridgewater did for the Saints before leaving to sign with Carolina.

Jameis Winston reportedly takes less money to sign with Saints

Jameis Winston was the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the majority of his first five NFL seasons, but he may wind up being third on the depth chart in his next venture.

Winston has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports first reported early Sunday morning. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Winston is taking less money to learn under Sean Payton and Drew Brees than he could have gotten from other teams.

While the terms of the deal are not yet known, the Saints had just over $3 million in salary cap space heading into Sunday. That leaves them very little for a backup quarterback, so Winston can’t be making much.

Winston was said to be looking at different backup options, and it makes sense that he wanted to sign with a team like the Saints if he there were no starting jobs available for him. Teddy Bridgewater served as a backup for New Orleans last season, and he impressed teams while filling in for an injured Brees for a significant portion of the season. Bridgewater parlayed that success into a three-year, $63 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

The Saints seem to be committed to Taysom Hill as their QB of the future once Brees retires, but a lot can change in the NFL. Winston, who is only 26, is taking a good first step toward reviving his career.

Report: Jameis Winston in ‘no rush’ to sign with team

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Jameis Winston remains available on the free agent market, and isn’t really being linked to any teams.

Perhaps because of this, Winston is willing to wait things out. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has spoken to teams, but is prepared to wait until after the NFL Draft to see if any teams who miss out on quarterbacks come calling.

Despite his obvious talent, Winston’s market is being weighed down by his decisionmaking. No teams are willing to offer a starting job to someone who threw 30 interceptions last year, and it sounds like even he expects to end up as a backup somewhere.

One possible problem? It doesn’t sound like a lot of coaching staffs are clamoring to work with Winston, which definitely isn’t helping his market.

Jameis Winston reportedly looking at options for backup jobs

Jameis Winston remains a free agent three weeks after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him, and it is looking less likely by the day that a team will sign him with the intent of making him a starter. However, Winston is still hoping for a chance to compete for a starting job.

Winston and his representatives are searching for a team that has a quarterback who may not have a strong hold on the starting job, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. If there is no opportunity to compete for a starting job, Winston may look to sign with a team like the Seattle Seahawks or Green Bay Packers so he can back up a star QB.

Winston almost certainly is not going to sign with a team before the draft. Any team that has a vacancy at quarterback (and there aren’t many) or is looking to create an open competition will likely try to address that in the draft first. Winston may need to wait until later in the offseason to see if a veteran gets injured, though it’s unclear when teams might start organized activities with the coronavirus still spreading.

We have already heard some indicators that Winston could have trouble finding work, and the 30 interceptions he threw last season are only part of the issue. However, the former No. 1 overall pick is still just 26 years old. There should be plenty of interest in him if he accepts the fact that he may need to spend a season as a backup.

Jameis Winston says he is flattered to be replaced by Tom Brady

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not hesitate to move on from Jameis Winston when it became clear that they were going to sign Tom Brady, and even Jameis doesn’t blame the team for that. After all, it isn’t every day that you get an opportunity to sign arguably the greatest NFL player of all time.

Winston appeared on FOX News on Wednesday morning to discuss a toll-free COVID-19 hotline he has developed along with Dr. Scott Kelley, but naturally there was a question about his playing career. The former Florida State star said he views it as “kudos to me” that he was replaced by Brady. You can hear the comments beginning at around the 55-second mark below:

“One thing about Tom Brady is it’s understood that he is the GOAT,” Winston said. “For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that’s kudos to me. At the end of the day, it’s a competitive sport.”

Winston certainly has a point. While Bucs head coach Bruce Arians appeared to make it clear before Brady entered the picture that he did not think very highly of Winston, being replaced by Brady is much easier than having someone like, say, Philip Rivers take your job.

Winston led the NFL with 30 interceptions last season, but he also threw for more than 5,000 yards and is just 26 years old. While it may take him a while to find another job, his NFL career is far from over.

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Jameis Winston, girlfriend Breion Allen got married despite coronavirus pandemic

Couples all across the world have had to change their wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, and NFL quarterback Jameis Winston and his longtime girlfriend Breion Allen were among those who were impacted. However, they didn’t let that stop them from tying the knot.

Winston and Allen got married in a private ceremony over a week ago. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen revealed the news in a recent interview, and the new Mrs. Winston confirmed it with an Instagram post on Sunday.

“A week when nothing was going as planned. Our initial wedding had just been postponed and I was in a funk. But @jaboowins3 came through and put together a beautiful intimate ceremony in the privacy of our own home. And it seemed it was meant to be this way all along… #MrAndMrsWinston,” Allen wrote.

Winston and Allen have been together since the quarterback was a star at Florida State. Allen has stayed with Jameis through the disturbing allegations he faced in college, and she has always been quick to defend him against critics.

While Winston has been replaced by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and is still searching for a job, it’s nice to see his offseason already had one major highlight.

Report: Few coaches have interest in working with Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is having a hard time finding interest in the NFL, at least from coaching staffs.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, most of the limited interest in Winston is coming from front offices. Coaches are less enthused about working with the quarterback and are not driving any interest in the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, who threw a league-worst 30 interceptions last season.

Many coaches have a high opinion of Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, who is seen throughout the game as a quarterback guru. There is a wariness that if Arians was unable to fix Winston’s major turnover issues, nobody else will be able to either.

We’ve heard Arians talk about how Winston regressed during the year. It’s the opposite of a ringing endorsement from a coach regarded as a quarterback whisperer.

Winston will probably land somewhere, but it sounds like he’ll be in a backup role for the foreseeable future.

Bruce Arians was disheartened by Jameis Winston’s ‘regression’

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ dreams came true when Tom Brady chose to sign with them in free agency. Not only did that decision give them a future Hall of Famer, but it also closed the book on Jameis Winston’s Bucs career — for now.

Winston, whom the team selected No. 1 overall in 2015, is a free agent and still on the market. He led the NFL in passing yards last season (5,109) but threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

The interceptions and bad play by Winston at the end of the season soured Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on the young quarterback.

“For Jameis, for me, it was the regression in the last two ballgames with the interceptions. It was disheartening because he made progress, then he regressed,” Arians said in an interview with Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network last week.

Arians told Tiki and Tierney that he thinks Winston would be best served as a backup quarterback next season.

“Get him somewhere as a backup for now,” Arians suggested for Winston. Somewhere he can sit and learn the system. Somewhere either with an older guy he can take over next year or compete with a young guy now.”

Many available spots around the NFL have filled up, leaving many to believe Winston won’t have a starting job next season, which Arians thinks is best. Don’t expect Winston to swap teams with Brady though and join the Patriots, because that reportedly is not happening.

Jaguars become betting favorite to sign Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

One of the big storylines shaping up for the remainder of the NFL offseason is the set of former free agent starting quarterbacks encountering a lack of available starting jobs.

One name in that vein is Jameis Winston, who won’t be returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after they brought in Tom Brady. Winston doesn’t seem to have any starting options right now, but oddsmakers have given us a hint on his potential destination: the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There’s no link between Winston and the Jaguars, but it’s understandable. Jacksonville just dealt Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears, so they could use a backup or potential competition for Gardner Minshew. Another potentially obvious landing spot appears to be out, so we’re guessing at this point, but Winston has to land somewhere. It will probably be as a backup.

Jameis Winston says goodbye to Buccaneers with motivational post

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston has close ties to the state of Florida, from his time at Florida State to being drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now that’s over. The Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, leaving Winston to find a new organization after five years in Tampa. With that in mind, Winston sent a goodbye post on social media that came with something of a guarantee.

Next season’s Super Bowl is set to be played in Tampa, so Winston certainly thinks he’ll be finding his way back. He may have to do it as a backup, as there don’t look to be any starting jobs available to him at the moment. Winston can probably understand why the Buccaneers would prefer Brady, but the former top pick has some work to do to find a job of his own.