Jameis Winston came to the Big Easy to be their starting quarterback, and the New Orleans Saints will likely give him the opportunity to be just that.
The NFL world was surprised, to say the least, when the New Orleans Saints signed a 27-year-old former No. 1 overall pick this past offseason. What was really the surprise is that Winston was coming off leading the league in passing yards and opted to go be the league’s best backup.
Winston is in the “driver’s seat” to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Given that the Saints haven’t drafted a quarterback in the first round since 1971, I’d say it’s a pretty good chance that history repeats itself and they look elsewhere.
Given that Winston already signed a deal when he had other offers on the table, he clearly believes in the system that Sean Payton created and the culture that future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees is leaving him with.
Winston should return to the Saints
New Orleans has the best chance for Winston to immediately be a quarterback that will be in big-time games.
With two matchups with the greatest to ever throw the football already on the schedule along with other huge games, the Saints will be in the spotlight often, something he may not be able to say if he went to Detroit or a similar smaller market.
That said, the only downside is the money that he’ll likely be offered.
But, we’ve already addressed the discount he took, and while the future starting quarterback likely wouldn’t take under $2 million again, it seems reasonable that he’ll command less than $20 million.
With an infrastructure of a team that is ready to win a fifth-straight NFC South title, the Saints have everything it would take for Winston to be a Pro Bowler in 2021, and for a player that’s clearly looking to develop himself in the game, staying within the franchise seems to be a win.
Winston staying with New Orleans is a win-win move for both sides, and it is starting to feel like the most likely outcome for the Saints in 2021.