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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Jameis Winston

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

Jameis Winston

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.

Report: Patriots unlikely to pursue Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Now that teams more or less have their starting quarterbacks settled, a handful of guys are left looking for new homes and struggling to find them.

One of them is Jameis Winston, who won’t be back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after they signed Tom Brady. Winston doesn’t really have any prospects as a starter right now.

The one team that is still being linked to potential starters is the New England Patriots. According to Michael Giardi of NFL Media, however, any pursuit of Winston by the Patriots is unlikely.

The Patriots value ball protection, and Winston’s 30 interceptions would not fly with them. He’s not a safe enough option. That means Winston is looking at a backup job, but it’s not even clear where that will end up being.

Jameis Winston might not have a starting quarterback job

Jameis Winston

The quarterback who led the NFL in passing yards last season may not even have a starting job in 2020.

Jameis Winston, who led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019, has been replaced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at quarterback, as the Bucs are expected to sign Tom Brady. Since he didn’t know what was going to happen in Tampa Bay, Winston has not found a new home yet. In the meantime, numerous other quarterback vacancies have been filled.

Philip Rivers is going to the Indianapolis Colts
Teddy Bridgewater is going to the Carolina Panthers
Marcus Mariota is joining the Raiders
Ryan Tannehill re-signed with Tennessee
Case Keenum is going to Cleveland

The Patriots need a starting quarterback, while Chicago and the Chargers are among other teams that could use a backup/second option.

Winston is joined by Andy Dalton and Cam Newton as quarterbacks who probably still need a new home. Washington could be a spot for Newton if he wants to reunite with Ron Rivera, or possibly New England. The Patriots might also look to Dalton, or they could go with their in-house guy, Jarrett Stidham. The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick on their depth chart and might be intrigued by Winston.

I don’t see Bill Belichick preferring Winston, a turnover machine, to Newton, but maybe to Dalton. The bottom line is the top two picks from the 2015 draft — Winston and Marcus Mariota — may end up being backups in 2020, which is not the way most people saw things going.

Report: Jameis Winston likely to leave Buccaneers

Jameis Winston

Has Jameis Winston played his last game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

According to Peter King of Football Morning in America, Winston is “likely” to depart the Buccaneers this offseason. King expects Winston to leave Tampa Bay and struggle to find a starting job in 2020.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine didn’t quite corroborate the report, but did admit that coach Bruce Arians was clearly exploring other quarterback options.

It was seen as likely in some circles that Winston would get the franchise tag to keep him around for another year. Now it looks like another player will be the recipient of that. It could eliminate Winston’s chances of returning, as there doesn’t seem to be any real movement toward bringing him back. That could still change, but time is running short.

Bucs could reportedly franchise tag Shaq Barrett instead of Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an interesting decision to make with their franchise tag this offseason, and what they do could ultimately determine whether or not Jameis Winston is back with the team next year.

The Bucs may use their franchise tag on star pass-rusher Shaq Barrett rather than Winston, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. They would prefer to work out a long-term deal with Barrett, but it would not be a surprise if they do everything necessary to keep the 27-year-old.

Barrett had 19.5 sacks in his first season with the Bucs last year. He had 14 total in his first four NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, so it goes without saying that he was an outstanding fit in Tampa’s defense.

Winston is also set to become a free agent, though Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has openly said the team will look for a better option before deciding if Winston will be back. Arians has been critical of Winston for turning the ball over so much last year, and the Bucs may be placing a higher priority on retaining Barrett than Winston.