Jameis Winston says farewell to Bucs

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Tom Brady formally became a member of the Buccaneers on Friday in a move that ushers in a new era of football in Tampa.

It also drops the curtain on the previous era, which started when the Bucs used the first overall pick of the 2015 draft to select quarterback Jameis Winston.

His five years in Tampa produced a fair amount of highlights, including 121 touchdown passes, but they were mitigated by 111 turnovers and not enough winning to sign on for more of the rollercoaster ride that has been Winston’s NFL career. Winston hasn’t found a new place to play yet, but Brady’s arrival means he won’t be back with the team so he took a moment to say goodbye on Saturday.

“It’s been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer. All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y’all again in February,” Winston wrote on Twitter.

The February reference is followed by a hashtag referencing Super Bowl LV, which is being held in Tampa next year. Winston presumably hopes to be taking part in that game and the Buccaneers would probably be OK with that if they are on the other side of their home field.

37 responses to “Jameis Winston says farewell to Bucs

  1. If he can play another 11 years at that rate, he may overtake Brett Favre for most career INT’s…

  2. Best scenario would be to backup Brady, not going to get a starting job anywhere, for now. Brady is old, no guarantee of making it through the season with the line that the Bucs have, come off the bench and show your worth!

  3. He’d fit in well with the Giants, as their fan base is used to watching a quarterback who throws a lot of interceptions.

  4. The Buccaneers are not going to a Super Bowl any time soon. In fact, they’ll be looking for a franchise QB one year from now.

  5. You have to wonder if Winston gets another opportunity with a change of scenery and coaching, if he can revitalize his career? He certainly has talent, and seems to have matured some since his early days. And didn’t he undergo offseason Lasik surgery, at TB’s bidding?! One way or the other, he’ll likely get another starting opportunity somewhere. If he does, he better make the most of it, as it will be his last chance.

  6. Hes got tools to work with, would make a really good back up but a team like the colts could sign him as insurance for Rivers and as maybe future starter

  7. that fact that he felt compelled to throw in a shot at the Bucs that he not them would be in the Super Bowl tells you everything you need to know about Winston as a person and why the Bucs are done with him.

  8. Lost in the Touchdown to Interception ratio is the fact that Winston effectively moves the ball downfield. The same can not be said about many of his contemporaries who have better ratios but struggle to move the chains.
    Winston can play in this league, and not a bust. Better coaching leads to better decision making. Simply trade quarterbacks. Winston for Brady and give him time with Belichick. New England won’t miss a beat.

  9. You have to wonder if Winston gets another opportunity with a change of scenery and coaching, if he can revitalize his career?
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    His issue is turnovers/interceptions. He’s NEVER not had an issue with that. He threw a lot of picks at FSU also. The hope was that at the NFL level that someone could fix that. However, after 5 years no one could. It’s just who he is.

  10. Does everyone forget that Winston was running for his life, most of the season. Brady is going to get sacked so many times its not funny.

  11. >Lost in the Touchdown to Interception ratio is the fact that Winston effectively moves the ball downfield. The same can not be said about many of his contemporaries who have better ratios but struggle to move the chains.
    Winston can play in this league, and not a bust. Better coaching leads to better decision making. Simply trade quarterbacks. Winston for Brady and give him time with Belichick. New England won’t miss a beat.

    Winston moving the ball down the field is a by product of a very good Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme surrounded by Pro Bowl wideout talents like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Any above average NFL QB would flourish in that scheme with those players around him.

    Lost in the “Touchdown to Interception ratio” is that he threw SEVEN pick 6’s… he single-handedly spotted opposing teams 36-points (42 if want to the count the automatic extra point attempt after). If you’re a QB in this league you’ll be hard pressed to find “better coaching” than Araians.

    Belicheck is too smart to tie the end of his career to Winston.

  12. SnarkTastic says:
    March 21, 2020 at 11:44 am
    He’d fit in well with the Giants, as their fan base is used to watching a quarterback who throws a lot of interceptions.

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    Our ‘fanbase’ has 4 SB’s. How many other franchises can say that? NE/Pitt/SG/Dallas/GB.

    The Giants have the most spread out, too. So the ‘fanbase’ is pretty deep. Dallas and Pitt had a run. Ne’s is over a 20 year period. Dallas hasn’t won in over 20.

    Look up the ‘run and shoot’ before ‘picking’ on Eli. Jones fumbles, btw.

    Oh, and the Giants won 4 pre-super bowl era championships and lost 7. Playing in what was considered the best game ever and losing. Our ‘fanbase’ got stuck with a horrible Gm and seems like we got another one that isn’t quite adept. We’ll survive. We get to laugh at the Jets or Cowboys when the going gets tough…

  13. Simply trade quarterbacks. Winston for Brady and give him time with Belichick. New England won’t miss a beat.

    You obviously don’t follow Belichick very much… the Pats pride themselves on minimizing mistakes, something Winston seems oblivious to. A RB can have one fumble and next thing he knows he’s riding pine. BB wouldn’t touch Winston with a 20 foot pole.

  14. I could see him doing well with the Patriots. If anyone can fix that INT problem, Belichick will.

  15. Winston ability to move the ball downfield and score touchdown will keep him in the NFL as a starting QB. His passing yardage is something else. Some team will give him another chance. But he must cut down his interception and turn over rate to be considered a franchise QB.

  16. rodgerstonelson says:
    March 21, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    Does everyone forget that Winston was running for his life, most of the season. Brady is going to get sacked so many times its not funny.
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    Winston likes to scramble, extend, pretend-hero like Rodgers, gets sacks and has almost no comeback wins, like Rodgers. But Brady throws quick or ditches, and won many comebacks.

  17. Alot of hate for this kid but I’d take him hes still young ,has a cannon great size can move some plays from outta the gun or behind center in a proset which alot of qbs today aren’t used to. I hope he gets the coaching he needs cause he hasn’t had it yet.

  18. To those who say:
    “He has all the tools. He can make all the throws. He has a strong arm. He’s athletic. He just needs the right coach to reduce his mistakes.”

    I say, see the career of Jay Cutler.

  19. He may be lucky to end up as a backup. Bortles found that out last year when he went from a huge contract to a one-year $1M contract–and he’s currently unsigned. That’s probably about the same market there will be for Winston. I wonder if he realizes now he should have spent more time working on his decision-making.

  20. Someone is gonna take a chance on him, and as a Bucs fan I hope he has success wherever he lands. Personally think Pittsburgh would be absolutely perfect given the great coaching staff/front office/ownership and how injury prone Big Ben is. You can’t tell me he wouldn’t have been able to push them into the playoffs over Rudolph and Duck Hodges.

  21. jame is winston is barely qualified to be a backup. NO team wants a backup who comes in the game throwing turnovers repeatedly.
    the guy has been vastly overrated since FSU.
    hes not smart enough to change.

  22. He may be a casualty of no one needing a high priced QB right now unless its a sure winner. I just dont know where he will go. Perhaps an add on once a QB gets injured next year.

  23. Brady is going to get sacked so many times its not funny.
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    Ah, but it is!!!

  24. Winston is what he is–not an NFL quality QB. Some people, for some unknown reason, haven’t figured that out after 5 years of mostly poor play.

    The idea that better coaching will turn him around is absurd. How many coaches has he gone through in Tampa with the same lousy results every time?

  25. Winston wasn’t presumably hoping anything. He bought a ticket for the game already because he knew he would never play in one. I am surprised his tweet didn’t have a picture of him holding up two superbowl tickets in one hand and a package of crab legs in the other.

  26. I’ll take a chance on him our over 50 league always has an opening for a guy who likes to throw it to the other team it keeps our fans interested

  27. Nothing says the INTs can’t be coached out of him. Maybe not all, but to a reasonable degree. Arians no risk it, no biscuit offense was conducive to it. As a Pats fan, I could live with Winston on a 1 yr prove it deal(cheap). Throw him in with Stidham, Kessler and a draftee QB and see who wins the job. He is a 1rst round pick that threw for over 5000 yrds.
    Every once in awhile guys like RGannon and KWarner come along.

  28. This makes me sad. He works so hard and wants to win so bad. He tries to do too much trying to win while being on what has been a terrible team. The D- has been awful until the last 6 games of last year and Bucs field goal kickers lose games all the time. Check the Giants game in 2019 as one example. His good throws are among the best I have ever seen. His bad throws make me want to scratch my head. He is only 25 and has played 5 NFL seasons. he is like Vinny Testeverde, who was the Bucs only option and through meg int’s. He then lead 3 teams to the playoffs, one to the AFC Championship game, none of which were great.

  29. How fitting as a Buc, his first pass was a pick 6 and his last was a pick 6…
    He goes down as the only QB in history to throw for 30-30 and 7 pick 6 in a single season… All in the ugliest NFL uniform in decades…
    It was a long and agonizing 5 years for a large portion of the Bucs fan base who foresaw this day coming…
    Best of luck to you finding your path… Life goes on after football.. find what you are actually good at and enjoy your days..

  30. Most interceptions plus fumbles, 2019
    1. Winston, 42
    2. Daniel Jones, 30
    3. Kyle Allen, 29
    4. Philip Rivers, 28
    5. Baker Mayfield, 27

    good luck with that record, and please learn your limitations

  31. It was rumored Winston wanted $30M. Brady was fine with $25M. It is fine to readh for the stars but when you are not realistic in your flight goal, you will never make even make the launch. Brady says he’s humbled and the most important Super Bowl is the next one. Winston says he’s ballin’. Winston should come back to Earth and set his goals more realistically. This isn’t about “potential” after five years. It is about “record” and it’s not good.

  32. Winston could be GREAT MLB pitcher, as baseball is a sport where the other team is never allowed to catch the ball you threw.

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