Giving Winston New Deal Would Be "Tremendous Mistake"

The Buccaneers have a decision to make regarding Jameis Winston, and it likely won’t be a good one

November 12, 2019 - 9:19 am
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a decision to make regarding Jameis Winston, and Bleacher Report NFL writer Brad Gagnon believes it won’t be a good one. 

Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, is in the final year of his contract. The Buccaneers can let him walk, franchise tag him, trade him, or give him a boatload of money. Based on comments from head coach Bruce Arians, boatload of money seems the likeliest scenario. 

Will Arians and the Buccaneers really give Winston a new contract? 

“I think they are,” Gagnon said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I think it would be a tremendous mistake, but I think they’re going to do it. I think that they’ve developed something there where Arians believes he can – whether it’s hubris or not – get something out of the guy. He still turns the ball over far too much – 14 interceptions this season.”

That isn’t an outlier, either. Since entering the league, Winston has the most turnovers in football: 72 interceptions and 18 lost fumbles in 65 games. He has nine interceptions in his last four games, as Tampa Bay is 3-6 on the season. The Buccaneers are 13-28 since 2017 and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.

“He’s far too inconsistent, and the quarterback carousel could be spinning next offseason,” Gagnon said. “There could be a lot of guys available that are better than Jameis Winston, but the way Arians is talking about him, he says there’s a really good chance he could land a new contract. That was his quote. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he lands a deal there beyond just a franchise-tag, prove-it deal with Tampa Bay.”

The Bucs, who have lost four of five, host the Saints (7-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.