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Saints QB Jameis Winston underwent off-season LASIK eye surgery and now has “no blurriness” and his “depth perception has increased.”
Winston told reporters, “I can read license plates. I can read street signs. I think the precision in the vision is the biggest difference.” Winston seems serious about cleaning up his game as he joins the Saints on a one-year deal. Last season with the Buccaneers, he threw for a career-high 33 TDs, but that was coupled with another career-high, 30 INTs. Winston has had issues with his vision since his college days, and after his record-setting 2019, figured the time was right to hit the reset button on his future. Winston has shed weight, added muscle, corrected his vision, and seems excited to get the opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever play the position in Drew Brees. Look for Winston to become a starter again at some point in his career, whether for the Saints or another organization.
Jameis Winston's contract with the Saints has a base value of $1.1M, per Field Yates. He will receive a $148,000 signing bonus, a base salary of $952,000, and $3.4M in possible incentives.
There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Winston, where he would land, what role he would play, and how much he would make. Now that the contract has been seen, it's apparent that Winston is using this year to be mentored by Drew Brees and Sean Payton with the hopes to develop into a better player for the future. With a minimum salary of just $1.1M, money doesn't seem to be Winston's immediate priority. Unless the injury bug strikes Brees in 2020 there will be little opportunity for Winston, but he will get a chance to observe a future Hall of Fame quarterback up close. After this season he will assuredly hit the free agent market again with a more polished skillset and another opportunity to cash in.
Former Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has officially agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Now it’s official, Winston will join Drew Brees and Taysom Hill in the quarterback room in New Orleans. He’ll likely learn more from Brees and head coach Sean Payton in just one year than he’s learned in his entire professional career. While he’s relegated to a backup role in New Orleans, he’ll have the opportunity to reshape who he is as a quarterback and he could test the market once again after the 2020 season.
According to Charles Robinson, sources have told Yahoo Sports that free agent quarterback Jameis Winston is finalizing a one-year deal with the Saints.
By signing Winston, the Saints are securing a great back-up for Drew Brees. Taysom Hill will still be used for his versatility on game day, but if Brees were to down with an injure, Winston would provide much steady depth at the position. Winston should be owned in all two-quarterback and super flex leagues.
Jameis Winston is being “methodical” and taking things slowly with his decisions on the open market.
“From what I understand, he’s really being methodical and trying to work this slowly,” said Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. “There’s really no rush now, obviously. Free agency is basically over, the bulk of it, and he remains out there.” Winston along with Cam Newton are top two remaining quarterbacks in free agency. It has been reported that Patriots, Steelers and Redskins are not interested in signing the former number-one overall pick. Winston will look to latch onto another team, and most likely have to settle for a backup role. The 26-year-old threw for 5,109 yards, but recorded a shaky 33:30 TD:INT ratio across 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2019.
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