Since entering the Saints franchise, Jameis Winston has caught many front office and coach’s eyes with his knowledge, skill, and ability.
Over the course of the last couple of months, the New Orleans Saints have made waves with the second round of free-agent signings. The most notable of them is former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.
Earlier this offseason, Winston saw his starting place on the Buccaneers come to a close when the team signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. That move made the decision for Winston, he wanted out.
At a similar time, the Saints made the decision to re-sign quarterback Drew Brees which made the same decision for Teddy Bridgewater in that he was leaving. That left a vacancy at the backup quarterback position for the franchise.
A destined pairing the Saints found Jameis Winston and the two came to an agreement. Winston made a mature decision for not only himself but for his career and signed a one year deal to backup future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and learn under Sean Payton.
How many NFL teams can say that their backup quarterback led the NFL in passing yards last season? Or how many NFL teams can say their backup quarterback threw 30 touchdowns last season? I’ll answer, none.
The Saints have a unique opportunity in front of them. With Brees likely in the last or second to last year of his career, Winston, who took a one-year deal to learn, might end up as the new face of the franchise — but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves yet.
Even in the months since Winston has signed with the team, there have been a plethora of coaches and front office staff to make a comment regarding Winston’s skills whether physically or mentally.
Jeff Ireland, the Saints’ Assistant General Manager, said, “It’s a compliment to Jameis Winston to understand where he’s at in this world and sign a one-year deal here, and learn behind (Drew Brees).”
Peter Carmichael, the Saints’ OC, said, “Go back and look at a lot of successful quarterbacks in this league and Jameis is still young. He’s 26 years old. It took Drew [Brees] a couple of years to get going as well. We feel really good about having that player in the building.”
No matter who you talk to, the buzz is swirling around the Saints’ newest quarterback addition. When you put Pete Carmichael, Drew Brees, and Sean Payton in charge of developing a quarterback, Winston might turn out a future Hall-of-Famer.