It’s official: Saints announce one-year deal with Jameis Winston

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It was close. It was closer. Now, it’s official.

The Saints announced agreement on a one-year deal with Jameis Winston. He will backup Drew Brees and Taysom Hill.

Saints coach Sean Payton has said the team will have all three quarterbacks active on game day, with Hill playing a Swiss Army-knife role. Winston replaces Teddy Bridgewater, who left for Carolina in free agency.

Saints assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland confirmed the team’s interest in Winston in a radio interview this week.

Winston’s agreement came a day after unrestricted free agent signings no longer factor into the formula the league uses to determine compensatory draft picks.

Winston is only 26, and he threw for 5,109 yards last season. But he also threw 30 interceptions in 2019, and Winston underwent offseason arthroscopic knee surgery and eye surgery.

Winston ranked second on PFT’s list of top 25 remaining free agents behind only former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

45 responses to “It’s official: Saints announce one-year deal with Jameis Winston

  1. But no scandal, no outrage over it, unlike the hot mess hysteria over the Packers drafting Love.

  2. Jameis Winston was near-sighted.
    He just had Lasik surgery.
    Combined with the unparalleled tutelage of Payton and Brees,
    Watch for a huge jump in accuracy and performance in Winstons’ game!

  3. For many years, Brees was at or near the league lead in passing yards, but also was usually near the league lead in interceptions. In the last few years, the Saints have moved to a more run-heavy offense that has made Brees have the most efficient seasons of his career (in fact, some of the most efficient seasons in NFL history). So, if they can work the same juju on Jaboo that they used on Brees the last couple years, this could be a really smooth fit.

  4. “rho1953 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 6:13 pm
    But no scandal, no outrage over it, unlike the hot mess hysteria over the Packers drafting Love.”

    There would have been outrage if the Saints had squandered a first round pick while alienating their Hall of Fame starter.

  5. Winston ranked second on PFT’s list of top 25 remaining free agents behind only former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
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    Not because of anything football related.

  6. …and through no fault of their own, all the crab legs at Pier 424 and restaurants on Bourbon Street begin to live in fear….

  7. If, as Payton has said, Hill has the skills to be a starting QB then why sign Winston? Why you give up a roster spot and a bunch of cash when you already have a guy you just paid a bunch of money to do the same job?

  8. I really do not understand a one-year deal. It’s hardly enough time to even learn the playbook and then it’s over.

  9. welcome to the Who Dats Jameis hope you gotta big appetite cuz we plan on chowing down on them W’s. But Ima need you to be ready to step in in case ole Breesus mighty thumb needs a rest.

  10. I’m hoping Winston figures it out in NO. He’s got talent. He’s great coaches in Payton and Lombardi. If he can’t figure it out there, I’m not sure he’ll get another chance.

  11. LMAO! Brees+Taysom already $29m, then add Winston, whereas Bridgewater’s only $25m. This is why it’s always a bad idea to fill your roster based on Nostalgia rather than the future.

  12. Hill is still set to be the franchise QB when Drew retires. Winston needs to be the team player and “be ready, just like Teddy!” Getting another shot to develop and show other teams that you should be their starting QB. If not, expect to be the backup to Hill or others until you fade away.

  13. mrbigass says:
    April 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm
    If, as Payton has said, Hill has the skills to be a starting QB then why sign Winston? Why you give up a roster spot and a bunch of cash when you already have a guy you just paid a bunch of money to do the same job?
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    Get back to me when Jameis lines up at TE or WR

  14. I love all these people that know how to manage the salary cap in this comments section. Meanwhile the Saints always seem to make it work…

  15. This is an indicator of how much they trust Taysom Hill. Just like Teddy Bridgewater was prior to Winston.

  16. Out of him, Cam, Flacco (Scarecrow), RosenP, Favre, and Leinart, Crablegs has the most upside.

  17. And what happens to Cam Newton? If he was all that he would be signed by now. He may get banished to Cincinnati.

  18. Why on earth would use the cap space on this guy? This comes off like it’s just to tweak TB after they signed Brady.

    Waste of a roster spot and money, but then again Loomis has been unable to understand the cap for 10 years now, still gushing over the 2009 SB win.

    lol

  19. doubleogator says:
    April 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    I love all these people that know how to manage the salary cap in this comments section. Meanwhile the Saints always seem to make it work…

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    They do? You have one SB appearance with a HOF QB in an offensive league.

    I remember when Loomis paid Nicks and Evans to play Guard each at about 9 mil per. Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen in terms of how much money into the Guard position.

    The guy couldn’t field a competent defense up until a few years ago.

    A top 10 worst GM. Maybe not Les Snead, Tannenboob, Jerry Jones, Marty Hurney, Steve Keim, Chris Grier, Jets GM of the year level, but bad.

    Somewhere in that 5-10 range for sure.

    Ted Thompson is another. They have a HOF all world QB, which is the hardest thing to get, and then they can’t field even a solid D for years and years.

  20. Gonna be funny when Payton turns Winston into a stud and the Bucs are looking for a QB again

  21. They should have kept Bridgewater, Jameis is not the future at New Orleans.

  22. High reward low risk signing by NO, Winston gets chance to jump start his career under the tutelage of Brees and Payton and the Saints get a safer QB option to rely on if the worst case scenario of Brees getting injured were to happen again. The fact that it’s only a 1 year, low money deal makes it even better. Win-Win for both sides.

  23. Can’t wait to see Winston knock the Bucs out of the playoff race. You heard it hear first!

  24. Winston, Brees, Taysom Hill(s)…..sounds like smokes you can get @ the gas station.

  25. If they are paying Taysom Hill 10MM/year for 2 years then why sign Winston?
    What is he making? 3MM?
    Is the idea to find the replacement for Brees?
    Good luck with Hill and Winston.

  26. Yea he threw 30 ints, but lets not act like the Bucs didnt statistically have the worst rushing offense in the league. He has a big arm and isnt afraid to take shots. Cheap signing and he gets to sit back and learn from one of the all time greats. I don’t see how this is a bad signing.

  27. Smart move on Winston’s part, the question now is, will he pay attention to the plethora of information that he will have access to?

  28. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm
    They should have kept Bridgewater, Jameis is not the future at New Orleans.

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    Do you honestly think they had the money to re-sign him to any deal close to what he got in Carolina? Cause I don’t, they didn’t want to push our the greatest QB in their franchise history and Bridgewater wanted to be a starter again. It’s a win win for both sides.

  29. What a huge blunder Jerry Jones made by not signing Winston to push Dak. Cowboys would have won multiple Super Bowls with a passer like Winston.

  30. Let me explain why it makes sense. Taysom Hill plays multiple positions on offense, so if he was to get hurt then Winston becomes the backup. Or if Brees gets hurt, then Hill either becomes the backup but he is still free to run gadget plays because they can put Winston in the game. Winston is essentially the backup while Hill is still learning the qb position. Hill can still be utilized throughout the game plan without the fear of injury. Basically they’re preparing for every scenerio without compromising the weekly game plan. They’re able to do this because they have a really good roster. So this is pretty much a luxury. Its maybe not normal but we will see how it plays out.

  31. jimmygeewhiz says:
    April 28, 2020 at 6:37 pm
    I really do not understand a one-year deal. It’s hardly enough time to even learn the playbook and then it’s over.
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    It’s more of a prove-it deal, and sort of win-win for both sides. Saints don’t have to commit that much money to him, he can be a valuable backup to an aging QB. And in preseason and backup duty, he may even show enough flashes where they want to offer him a new contract or another team does, he’ll get paid either way even if he doesn’t play at all in the regular season, and doesn’t stink it up in preseason.

  32. Low-risk QB insurance that gives New Orleans confidence to keep the T Hill gadget play train going

    Unsure of how useful JW’s input on playbook or terminology factors in with Tampa having a new QB, but a minimized off-season

  33. So, they’ll have three QB’s to choose from when they lose to the Vikings in the playoffs.

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