Multiple sources close to the New Orleans Saints are reporting that the team will have a contract with former Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston as early as today.
Tampa Bay made the decision not to keep Winston after last season when his contract expired. Instead, the team is moving in a new direction with Tom Brady.
In college, Winston was a two-year starter at Florida State. He was the winner of many conference and national awards, including the Heisman Trophy after his sophomore season in 2013 when he led the Seminoles to a BCS National Championship.
Winston had another great season his junior year, but suffered from off-the-field issues, Winston served a one-game suspension after he was caught stealing from a Tallahassee supermarket. After the season and a sixth-place finish in the Heisman voting, Winston declared for the NFL draft.
Tampa Bay chose Winston with the first selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. During his five years with the Bucs, Winston showed flashes of stardom but also was inconsistent. He has a career passer rating of 86.9. He has 121 touchdown passes, nearly 20,000 passing yards, and completed 63% of his passes. Interceptions and bad decisions have haunted him, especially at key moments. His 88 career interceptions in five seasons proved too much for Tampa and the team did not consider him their “future” after the 2019 season. The Bucs never made the playoffs under Winton’s leadership.
Here is Winston’s 2019 Highlight Video:
Winston will have competition for the backup role in NOLA. Taysom Hill has been quite impressive and some believe he may be the heir-apparent to Brees. The Saints also traded into the 7th round of the 2020 draft to select Tommy Stevens of Mississippi State.