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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Jameis Winston, by many metrics, is a very similar quarterback to Matthew Stafford, yet their reputations couldn’t be farther apart.

Based on recent historical comparisons, there is a lot to suggest that Winston can be a late bloomer, particularly since his baseline is already high. Plus, while a player like Stafford is more of a known commodity, Winston has only been a full-time starter for four seasons.

The Saints likely know this, which is why they have been rumored to be very interesting in having him start next season.

Doing so would be excellent for them, as they need to embrace volatility at the quarterback position, especially since their top window to compete has likely closed and it will take positive variance to be a playoff team.

If he bottoms out, then they luck into a franchise quarterback with a top pick. Not a bad proposition to make.

I expect Winston to be back with the Saints on a much cheaper contract than he deserves, and with a much better offensive play-caller, expect him to have a career season by making very subtle, easy tweaks.

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His big-play ability will be exactly what New Orleans needs, and he’s young enough to grow into the team’s answer at quarterback for multiple seasons. Regardless, though, he at least deserves the chance to prove himself.