Jameis Winston went to college at Florida State before becoming the first overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft. With such close ties to the state and high hopes pinned on him, you’d expect his departure to be a somewhat emotional experience.
According to Winston, it was — for two days.
That’s how long Winston said he needed to mentally reset after the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, officially ending Winston’s tenure with the organization.
“I thought to myself, ‘Hey, man, I love the city of Tampa Bay, and I really want to be here. This is where I want to be,'” Winston told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. “I’ve done so much in this community. This community has received me well. When I first got here, I had to overcome so much. I’m going to work my tail off to be there in this city. Two days. Just because I’m human.”
Winston has since joined the New Orleans Saints as Drew Brees’ backup, and he’s openly looking forward to facing the Bucs. He’s adapted quickly to the offseason changes and appears at peace with them. Now he has to earn another starting job in the NFl.
The firestorm surrounding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had led to an interesting development on the NFL betting front.
Former Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, Brees’ backup in New Orleans, is seeing a surge of bets being placed on him to win 2020 NFL MVP, per OddsChecker. The site adds that half of all bets placed on NFL MVP in a 24-hour period after the Brees controversy came to light were placed on Winston.
“Whoever starts under centre for the Saints this season will have one of the most dangerous offensive units in the league at his disposal and thus a great chance of being named MVP,” said OddsChecker spokesperson Pete Watt, per Luke Easterling of Sports Illustrated. “If the current negativity surrounding Brees escalates, the Saints may feel pressured to take him out of the limelight. At that point, +20000 on Winston starts to look mighty appealing given that a $10 wager would net a profit of $2000 if he manages to scoop the award.”
Brees, the longtime Saints signal caller, received major backlash this week for saying that he still would not support NFL players kneeling for the national anthem in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. The former Super Bowl MVP was roundly criticized for the remarks, including by his own teammates, and has since apologized.
As for Winston, much was made of his shaky 2019 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But with a new team, new and improved vision, and the potential for a real opportunity to start depending on how the Brees situation plays out, the story could very different for Winston in New Orleans.
Jameis Winston is looking forward to possibly getting some revenge against his former team.
Winston officially agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints this week after spending his previous five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston already believes that he’ll be at an advantage being able to learn in New Orleans. Beyond that, he has some other motivation for signing with the Saints.
“I can’t wait to compete against them,” Winston said. “It’s going to be fun. I know Tom (Brady) is going to bring his relentlessness and his attitude there, but it’s going to be fun and we’re ready to compete. We’ve always been competing. When I was at Tampa, we got them sometimes and they got us sometimes. Last year they swept us, so I know they’re going to try and come and get us this year, but I’m in that black and gold now, so I’m gonna be like, ‘Who Dat? Who Dat say they gone beat them Saints?'”
Brady is the quarterback who replaced Winston in Tampa Bay, and there is no doubt the former Patriots QB will be relentless with his new team. As for Winston, he probably won’t be playing when the teams meet considering he is backing up Drew Brees and competing with Taysom Hill. But you never know how much action he may see.
Winston, who signed with the New Orleans Saints this week, spoke with reporters on Wednesday. He told them what a difference the surgery has made.
“I can read license plates. I can read street signs. I think the precision in the vision is the biggest difference,” Winston said.
Winston, who is nearsighted and has an astigmatism, raved about his vision.
“No blurriness, and I think that’s huge. Depth perception has increased tremendously and those are the big things. I didn’t have bad eyes, I just had astigmatism. I had certain things that they had to fix to increase the precision and the sharpness of my vision.”
Winston was the No. 1 overall draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2015, but his time with the team came to an end after a 30-interception season. Winston has had vision issues going back to college, though that didn’t prevent him from winning a national championship at Florida State. Still, getting the LASIK done was a no-brainer, and it makes you wonder what took him so long to do it.
Jameis Winston seems to think he didn’t quite get enough help while playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Winston seemingly took a shot at the Buccaneer coaching staff after officially signing with the Saints on Wednesday. Winston said he was looking forward to working with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees as opposed to “trying to learn by myself.”
Jameis Winston on learning:
"Being a quarterback, you have to be a student of the game, so now I actually get a chance to dive into that more. I actually have a Hall of Fame quarterback that I'm learning from opposed to trying to learn by myself, or use Google."
Don’t count on Winston getting a lot of sympathy here. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is regarded as one of the best around at working with quarterbacks. In fact, Arians’ inability to get the best out of Winston reportedly scared off some coaching staffs.
Winston tossing his ex-coaches under the bus is a bad look. He doesn’t have a lot to gain from doing that, especially when he’s trying to rebuild his NFL reputation.
Jameis Winston says he was thinking more about opportunity than his bank account when he signed with the New Orleans Saints, and the contract he agreed to is proof of that.
Winston officially signed his one-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday. ESPN’s Field Yates has shared some of the details of the contract, and let’s just say it is not difficult to believe Winston could have gotten more money from another team. The deal is worth just $1.1 million in base value with about $2 million more in incentives.
Jameis Winston’s one-year contract with the Saints carries a base value of $1.1M, per source. He got a $148,000 signing bonus, a base salary of $952,000 and $3.4M is available in incentives. Jameis prioritized the chance to learn and grow as a player.
Winston has been a starter throughout his entire career. While his NFL-worst 30 interceptions last season clearly hurt his stock, you would think a team would at least be willing to pay Jameis like one of the top backups in the league. For comparison, Case Keenum signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. Marcus Mariota, who was drafted second overall the same year Winston was taken first, signed a two-year, $17.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that includes $7.5 million guaranteed.
You have to admire Winston’s rationale for choosing the Saints. His hope is that he will be able to revive his career the way Teddy Bridgewater did last year, and Winston is gambling on himself in an attempt to make that happen.
Jameis Winston on Tuesday officially reached a deal to join the New Orleans Saints, and he shared his reasons why.
Winston says the opportunity to learn in a great environment sold him.
More from Winston: “I wanted to put my ego aside-put the money to the side-to think about my family, think about my career. And there was no better position than to be in the same room with someone I’ve really looked up to, I’ve admired since I’ve been playing … in Drew Brees.” https://t.co/9z9mt3kklk
Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was replaced by Tom Brady. Winston knew the opportunities to start or compete for a starting job were limited, so the next best thing was to learn under the best. He is hoping that by playing for Sean Payton and alongside Drew Brees, he can rebuild his stock the way Teddy Bridgewater did.
Brees says that he is “excited” about teaming up with Winston, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett. Brees cited Winston’s work ethic and love of the game as positives.
Drew Brees on Jameis Winston: “Excited to have him in the QB room. He’s got a lot of talent and a bright future. I’ve heard a lot of good things about his work ethic and love of the game.”
Winston was waiting for over a month to decide where he would sign before choosing the Saints. Even though he will have a crowd in New Orleans between Brees and Taysom Hill, it seems like a nice landing spot for the QB.