Sportsnaut reports that blockbuster trades for Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson could be options, but former Buccaneers quarterback Winston is reportedly not under consideration.
Winston was drafted by Tampa Bay with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and still has a few connections to the organization, but only spent one season as the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback with head coach Bruce Arians running the show.
While some have speculated that the 28-year-old quarterback could return to Tampa to fill the vacancy, Buccaneers’ insider Rick Stroud doesn’t see that happening.
“I don’t think Bruce Arians is fine with it. Been there, done that. There was a time when they were 7-7 in his one year here under Bruce. I thought he was going to make it, he threw for like 460-something two games in a row. Then they played Houston…then they played Atlanta and he threw both those games away. I saw on Bruce’s face that day he had reached his limit with Jameis Winston,” Stroud said during an interview on The Rich Eisen Show.
Winston didn’t get a blockbuster deal in March 2021 when he agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints for a year — he spent the 2020 season in the building as a backup.
Winston did improve during his time. in New Orleans, though. He displayed better decision-making in 2021, thanks to his time with Sean Payton and Drew Brees.
But Sportsnaut reports the Buccaneers seem to prefer starting Blaine Gabbert over bringing the Winston experience back to Florida.
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