1. Jameis Winston
This feels like an obvious number one, right?
Jameis Winston went No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played for them for half a decade before landing in the Big Easy with the Saints. Winston had a big arm during his Tampa Bay days but the turnovers were too much of an issue, plus the Bucs weren’t winning the big games.
When Winston signed with the Saints in 2020, it was to be a backup to Drew Brees. He handled the role well and handled not filling in for Brees while he was out even better. It showed maturity, which isn’t something Winston was known for during his Buccaneers years.
This offseason, Winston re-signed with NOLA and earned the starting job over Taysom Hill, which didn’t surprise anyone. Winston was up and down as a starter but most people would defend him considering how bad the weapons were. He was throwing to the likes of Marquez Callaway and Juwan Johnson.
When Winston went down in Week 8 with an injury, everything unraveled for the Saints. They lost five straight games and the quarterbacks couldn’t make the necessary plays to get the team down the field. This proved that Winston was the heart of the offense and it’d make perfect sense to bring him back for 2022.
With Winston’s injury, he might not have a ton of options in free agency, so a reunion with the Saints works well for both teams.
Maybe the New Orleans Saints draft a quarterback this spring. Even if they do, they can still sign a free-agent quarterback to come in and provide competition to whoever joins the black and gold in the offseason.