Former number-one overall pick Jameis Winston has agreed to a new contract with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal. Winston spent the first five years of his NFL career as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was selected to his only Pro-Bowl as a rookie in 2015.
Former Bucs’ Jameis Winston and the Saints have been discussing a deal that @CharlesRobinson reports is being finalized. Winston and the Saints now looks close to being a reality.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2020
Jameis Winston Signs With New Orleans Saints
Winston had one of the most perplexing years ever of any quarterback in 2019, finishing the year leading the NFL in passing yards with 5,109 but became the first player ever to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season. Of the 30 picks, seven were returned for touchdowns — a new NFL record for pick-sixes thrown in a season. His interception total was the most any player had thrown – post-merger – since Vinny Testaverde threw an NFL record 35 back in 1988. He has the most games with multiple turnovers since entering the league five years ago but sits 10th in touchdown passes and seventh in passing yards. Under Winston, the Bucs ranked third in the NFL in total offense (397.9 YPG) and tied for third in scoring (28.6 PPG) last season.
Going back as far as his Heisman winning season in 2013, Winston’s talent has never been in question; it’s been the consistency of how he plays. The former National Champion won NFL rookie of the year his first season in the NFL but failed to bring Tampa Bay prolonged success over his tenure. As part of the Bucs, Winston never won over nine games in an NFL season and is yet to appear in a playoff game. He only lost one game in his two years as the first-string quarterback for Florida State.
While Winston’s career has been anything but smooth, up to this point, the upcoming season may be his last chance to prove himself as an NFL starter. If Winston is to remain an NFL starter he needs to have a strong 2020.
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