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Matthew Stafford trade shows why Saints must retain Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Embrace Volatility

The main drawback with a player with Winston’s style of play is that he can lose you games as much as he can win you games.

For a team with an abundance of roster talent, this makes sense. They can elevate a quarterback to produce more big plays by virtue of talent and scheme, and have less patience with turnovers.

The Saints fit under that category in the past, which is why Drew Brees was a great fit for them. However, times are changing.

They will have to make several roster cuts this offseason to get under the salary cap, and they lack depth in the secondary and at the receiver position. In other words, they need a quarterback who can elevate them.

If Winston reaches his high range out potential outcomes, then New Orleans may not miss a beat. If not, they’re potentially in position to pick a quarterback with a premier draft pick.

Unless you have a substantially high floor, it makes sense to go for a more volatile quarterback, and honestly, the Saints have nothing to lose by rolling the dice with him.

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