Jameis Winston, 1-year, $5.5 million
There is no doubt in any Saints’ fans’ minds that the biggest need of the team this offseason was a quarterback. With little to no money to spend, little assets worth trading, the team either needed to re-sign Winston or ride into the sunset with Taysom Hill.
I am beyond thankful for 1. the Saints got enough below the cap to be able to offer Jameis a competitive offer and 2. Jameis took less money than he could elsewhere to stay and compete for the starting job.
As of right now, it is still considered a quarterback battle for the starter position, but most analysts see Winston as next year’s starter. If that is the case, it gives New Orleans, one more year before they have to fork over big money for their starter.
After it’s all said and done, these are all quality signings, some are just better than others. Look for the Saints to make a few more moves before the NFL Draft and then they will fill the remaining holes through the draft.