Jameis Winston takes a pay cut to play with Drew Bees at New Orleans Saints

Published 04/27/2020, 4:40 PM EDT


Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the 2015 top draft pick, Jameis Winston. Tom Brady has replaced him at the Raymond James Stadium. But, the 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner has seemingly managed to find a new home ahead of the 2020 NFL season. As per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, he is set to take his talents to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a year and made the decision after turning down “more lucrative offers.”

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Jameis Winston Set to Feature for ‘The Saints’

Winston will feature as a backup to and hope to learn from veteran quarterback Drew Brees. Here he replaces Teddy Bridgewater who impressed and moved to Carolina as a starter. It is a good move by the former starter as he has the numbers to be a regular starter. In his final season at Tampa, he threw for a league-leading 5,109 passing yards. He also had 33 passing touchdowns. 

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Unfortunately for him, he also threw 30 interceptions. As a result of this, the 26-year-old became the first quarterback to end a season with a 30-30 statistic. Out of the 30 interceptions, 7 resulted in pick-sixes which proved to be costly for Winston. 

He will look to iron out this flaw in his game and position himself as an able candidate to replace 41-year old Brees. Winston will have competition in Taysom Hill whom ‘The Saints’ retained in the offseason which suggests they are having a shootout to see who will be the new first-choice quarterback in a few years. Furthermore, the Saints drafted quarterback Tommy Stevens in the 7th round to provide even more competition for the spot. 

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How will Winston fare at The Saints? Can he sort out his passing and put up numbers to convince The Saints that he can replace Drew Brees? Or will his throwing inaccuracy lead him to enter free agency yet again or spend a few seasons as a backup?

Read: “They think they are better off Tom Brady”- Former NFL Coach signals at Patriots future

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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