Cost in Contract
This reason is a no-brainer.
After Jameis Winston was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was struggling to find a job. Whether it was because of his ball security an 30 interceptions or if it was because every team had already found their starter, it doesn’t matter.
However, we do know that Winston ended up taking less than what he could have taken to back up Drew Brees on the New Orleans Saints for $1.1 million. That was low considering he made $23 million in five years with the Buccaneers.
Russell Wilson is currently in the middle of a 4-year, $140 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
If the Saints were to take on that contract, they would have to virtually cut the majority of their starters to find the $19 million per year on top of the cuts they need to already consider making just to get under the cap.
Just to put that into perspective, that is equal to the contracts of wide receiver, Michael Thomas; linebacker, Demario Davis; defensive end, Marcus Davenport; and cornerback Patrick Robinson all put together. Winston would cost less than $10 million per year.