While it would be nice to think that the New Orleans Saints are the only team that wants Jameis Winston, that just may not be the case.
The New Orleans Saints, for a fourth straight season, feel like they failed to meet expectations.
After a three-interception game by Drew Brees sent the team packing in their Divisional Round matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there seems to be a growing anticipation that the 42-year-old is going to call it a career.
With Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford already on the move this offseason, the Saints may be forced to be in the market for a new starting quarterback.
The player that would be most likely to take Brees thrown is 2019 passing yards leader Jameis Winston. Winston signed in New Orleans after throwing for over 5,000 yards but also dishing out a league-high 30 interceptions.
Winston had a magical moment that almost helped propel the Saints to victory as he threw a bomb on a trick play for a 56-yard touchdown in his only snap against the Bucs.
Despite Brees missing four games, Winston played just 55 snaps as Taysom Hill took over after Brees was placed on injured reserve. However, Winston is certainly the better pocket passer and is the better long-term play.
Signing a one-year deal, the Saints, who are in a $100 million salary cap problem, may not have the cap to pay him what other teams could. That said, other teams could be interested in the former No. 1 overall pick.
There could end up being far from players in the Winston market than just the Colts, Bears and Saints. We’ll continue to gauge the interest, but for now, Winston would still be set up undoubtedly better set up for success in New Orleans than anywhere else.
However, if it’s money he wants, he’ll head elsewhere. After taking a deal valued at around $1 million last season, it doesn’t seem he’s just about the money. It’ll be an interesting situation to keep an eye on.
The market will be there, but can the Saints continue to keep him in the Big Easy? That will be one of the most pressing questions for New Orleans this offseason.