The New Orleans Saints got an absolute bargain on quarterback Jameis Winston, and when it’s his time to shine, he’ll be prepared.
There’s no denying that most of the NFL world was taken back when former Bucs starter Jameis Winston turned down higher-valued offers to join forces with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
It was a move that gave the Saints the best backup in the league and arguably one of the best in NFL history. Set to make just over a million dollars, Winston will sit back, be patient and learn from a soon-to-retire Brees.
While we don’t know if this will truly be Brees’ last season, we do know that the Saints are preparing for the team’s next face of the franchise.
They’ll be priming either with Winston or the recently-signed Taysom Hill, who added a two-year contract after entering the offseason as a restricted free agent, to take over Brees’ throne.
Brees has helped the Saints reign over the NFC South for the last few seasons, the backup quarterback duo knows from experience that they may be called upon to help keep this team afloat this season.
While any potential injury to Drew would be less than ideal, Winston is ready. He’s going to prepared, just like Teddy Bridgewater was for his five-game starting stint due to Brees’ thumb injust a season ago.
“When you see what happened last year with the amount of play time that Taysom (Hill) and Teddy (Bridgewater) got – I’m not saying that I’m going to expect that this year – but those guys were prepared. And that’s the way I’m going to be. I’m going to be prepared for whatever,” Winston told Saints’ senior writer John DeShazier.
Winston led the NFL in passing yards last season — just to give a glimpse at how good he is. The issue with his play lies in his turnovers. He also led the league with an awing 30 interceptions, an issue that was undoubtedly putting a shadow on his future.
Winston saw that and wants to fix it with the Saints, a team that revived Bridgewater’s career. That said, when it’s his time to shine, he will be ready to shine.