By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday morning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers intend to keep quarterback Jameis Winston. He was previously the team’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter has juggled between Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick this season. The Buccaneers have gone 5-10 so far with the season-finale on Sunday.
The Buccaneers are expected to fire Koetter at the end of the season. Winston is expected to have a new coaching staff to work with next season.
His base salary increases from $580,588 to $20.9 million in 2019. The former Florida State Seminoles quarterback made a total of $7.9 million in 2018 from a signing and roster bonus.
This is his fifth-year option. However, instead of moving on, the team has to believe he is the best option available next season.
This season, Winston has struggled. The 24-year-old Bessemer, Alabama native has gone 3-5 in eight starts this season.
He has gone 222 of 343 for 2,647 yards in 10 games overall. He also had 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The Buccaneers have never signed a quarterback they have drafted to a second contract. That’s not good odds regardless of this decision.
In his career, Winston has appeared in 55 games with 53 starts. He has gone 21 of 32. His best season was in 2016 when he guided the team to a 9-7 record.
The past two seasons, he has a 6-15 record as a starter.
He has gone 1,161 of 1.887 for 14,283 yards. He also has 84 touchdowns and 57 interceptions.
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