Buccaneers picking up fifth-year option on Jameis Winston

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The Buccaneers are convinced that Jameis Winston is still their future, so they’re going to pay him accordingly next year. For now.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are picking up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston’s contract.

The option will pay Winston $20.922 million in 2019, and is guaranteed for injury.

But realistically, it would be unusual if he played under that number, as they’d doubtless want to extend him before that number hit the cap, assuming they still view him as the answer.

13 responses to “Buccaneers picking up fifth-year option on Jameis Winston

  1. How do these options work from a guarantee perspective? I’m under the impression they are only guaranteed for injury and if the player is still on the roster starting the next league year then it’s fully guaranteed. If that’s the case, why not pick up the option on everyone and if you don’t want him, just cut him before the league year? Other than injury risk, I can’t see any other reason not to

  2. mantastic54 says:
    April 17, 2018 at 11:31 am

    How do these options work from a guarantee perspective? I’m under the impression they are only guaranteed for injury and if the player is still on the roster starting the next league year then it’s fully guaranteed. If that’s the case, why not pick up the option on everyone and if you don’t want him, just cut him before the league year? Other than injury risk, I can’t see any other reason not to

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    Only first round picks have a 5th year option in their rookie contracts. The vast majority of players are not first round picks.

  3. Why WOULDN’T he be their future? Narratives =/= what he actually does on the field. Last year was a wash due to Koetter’s silly system and injuries on defense. The previous year was about massive offensive line issues and no one to play opposite Mike.

    Winston will be all world. Only a fool thinks otherwise.

  4. scmems07 says:
    April 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    18-27 as a starter in 3 seasons.

    He also has the most TD passes and passing yards prior to turning 24.

    He doesn’t play defense.

  5. Great move for both sides. We want Winston as our franchise qb and everybody knows that. I think this puts the heat on him and let’s him know that this year is the year. You want 20 mil annually you better put the Bucs in the playoffs this year. He’s not a top 5 qb, or even a top 10 and that’s ok. The only team to make the Super Bowl consistently with a great qb is the patriots. We just need to play team football and set Jameis up for success

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