Bucs remain undecided about whether to keep Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston recently underwent LASIK surgery to improve his eyesight. The Buccaneers, though, still don’t have a clear vision about whether Winston is their quarterback of the future.

Coach Bruce Arians admitted Thursday the team still is evaluating what to do at the position, with Winston scheduled to become a free agent.

“Really, nothing has changed,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

Winston became only the eighth quarterback ever to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season, with his 5,109 yards in 2019 the eighth-most in NFL history. (Drew Brees has had five 5,000-yard passing seasons.)

Winston also threw 30 touchdowns, but offset that with 30 interceptions and five lost fumbles. Seven of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns, the most pick-sixes thrown in the league.

Can the Bucs coach the turnovers out of Winston? Or, after five seasons, is it time to move on from the former No. 1 overall pick?

Tampa Bay is weighing its options, seeing if it can upgrade over Winston or if he is the best choice for another year. Several big-name quarterbacks, including Brees, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater, are scheduled to become free agents.

But how many of those actually become available?

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available?” Arians said. “Is he a better option?

“And then, that’s the problem: You get about three days to decide. The legal tampering period. Is somebody going to get let go? What’s the trade values? It’s really monotonous right now, because you don’t have any answers.”

Exactly.

This offseason has “quarterback chaos” written all over it, with the Bucs among the teams in line for the carousel.

41 responses to “Bucs remain undecided about whether to keep Jameis Winston

  1. Yeesh. kind of tough to bring a guy back after saying that about him. Or should i say they BETTER find a new QB in free agency or they’re going to be stuck with whoever’s left in the middle of the 1st.

  2. He needs brain surgery instead. It is his decision making, not his accuracy, that is the reason he threw the the interceptions. Having the eye surgery is an attempt to shift the blame of his interception problem from his brain to his eyes.

  3. Winston has had 5 seasons in Tampa, but only 1 season with Arians. Arians coached Winston to career highs in yards & touchdowns. If I was ownership I would be interested to see if Arians can coach down the turnovers. It’s too bad Arians didn’t get to coach Winston at the start of his career.

  4. sorry people but as a life long bucs fan I have seen too many quaterbacks leave tampa and have success..go to super bowl or win a super bowl.Steve young..doug williams..trent dilfer ..chris chendler even went to the super bowl. this guy is a gun slinger with a never say die or doesnt even get rattled after a pick six or gets sack 10 times..keep him a on a short term deal..

  5. Those that are saying the Bucs should get rid of Winston because he threw 30 ints….

    “Eight quarterbacks threw more than 20 interceptions in the 1985 season — including Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, and Dan Marino, who each made the Pro Bowl that year.”

    Winston also threw for 30 TDs. A little tweak here and ther and he may turn out to be a great QB.

    “Favre finished his career with 336 interceptions, and he is the only quarterback to ever top 280. George Blanda is in second place with 277, and the nearest active players are Drew Brees and Eli Manning, who each have 228.”

  6. What’s the big deal? Flip a coin and have him call it. If he gets it right he stays, if he gets it wrong, he goes.

  7. Staying loose and having fun in your role is one thing. Throwing the ball away 30 times in one season shows a serious lack of judgement. The Mental game is a large part of being a successful QB. I would think that he has this many yards because the Bucs were forced to throw all the time.

  8. Buc’s management should be looking at getting rid of the self proclaimed maven of football Bruce Arian’s.

  9. mackcarrington says:
    February 13, 2020 at 4:31 pm
    Winston has had 5 seasons in Tampa, but only 1 season with Arians. Arians coached Winston to career highs in yards & touchdowns. If I was ownership I would be interested to see if Arians can coach down the turnovers. It’s too bad Arians didn’t get to coach Winston at the start of his career.
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    The problem with your argument is that half of those yards and TD’s came in garbage time after the games were already lost….

  10. acmepackers says:
    February 13, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    30 picks… why are we having this conversation? LOL.

    Because Carson Palmer struggled in Bruce Arians’ system his 1st year too, but improved exponentially his second year. While Winston is no Palmer, this points to potential improvement ahead

  11. The fact that Winston throws for 5,000 yards and Arians is still on the fence about him tells you everything you need to know. Jameis has started 70 games in his 5 year career and is still throwing up picks like a rookie. He is who he is. YOLO.

    The problem is, none of the aging but proven FA vets have the arm anymore to run Arians’ system and none of the younger options have shown close to the ceiling that Winston has displayed. Arians came out of retirement because he thought he could win with Winston. Does he really want to start over with a rookie?

  12. uncertainty at the qb position re: a guy who has been in the league how many years now?

    enough said. decision made. move on.

  13. If you are undecided about paying a guy $25 or $30 million a year that’s a sure sign you shouldn’t do it. For that kind of cash you need to be EXCITED to have the guy on your team.

  14. 70 games
    5 Seasons

    Who needs more than that to properly evaluate a qb or any player..

    28-42
    30 ints in his 5th year (still plays with rookie level)
    7 pick 6 (nfl record).. (49 points given to opponent)
    multiple lost fumbles
    threw ints in the 1st play of the games (yes, in a few games)
    CHOKED in a few games with the game on the line, threw a pick!
    there were an alarming number of possible ints dropped so could have been 40+
    possibly showing signs of injury prone (knee, shoulder, thumb)

    Not dependable with the ball in any situation! (start of a game, behind, ahead, at the end about to win)..

  15. 2 years, $10M to bring him back as a backup sounds about right.
    If he balks then you can sign Keenum or Flacco at that price

  16. unclebluck says:
    February 13, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    mackcarrington says:
    February 13, 2020 at 4:31 pm
    Winston has had 5 seasons in Tampa, but only 1 season with Arians. Arians coached Winston to career highs in yards & touchdowns. If I was ownership I would be interested to see if Arians can coach down the turnovers. It’s too bad Arians didn’t get to coach Winston at the start of his career.
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    The problem with your argument is that half of those yards and TD’s came in garbage time after the games were already lost….

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    The problem with YOUR argument is that every other loser team does not have a 5000yd passer as well

  17. 35 turnovers. 35!
    7 pick-6s
    282 yards lost on 47 sacks

    Winston is a game-changer. Unfortunately it is about 50-50 whether the change is good or bad for the Bucs. I can see some of his previous issues were due to immaturity but after years in the league, this year you have to lean more on stupidity. You can’t look at the 30+ TDs and over 5k yards without also looking at all the missed opportunities. 35 turnovers is not bad luck. It is a ton of bad decisions from the guy paid to make decisions on every play. I think I would look at other options if I were the Bucs.

  18. Maybe the offense should be tweaked a little. Carson Palmer struggled ints his first year with Arians but then did pretty well until age and injury caught up to him.

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