Following the onset of the free agent tampering period, the New Orleans Saints should feel confident about their chances of re-signing Jameis Winston.
The Saints barely made a peep ahead on Monday — their most riveting move was placing a second-round tender on Deonte Harris.
While NOLA didn’t go big (or even small) on any free agents, many other teams did, including the Pittsburgh Steelers who signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year deal.
The Trubisky signing means one fewer team is in the market for a free agent quarterback, which in turn means the Saints have a better shot at keeping Jameis Winston this offseason.
New Orleans Saints have a clearer path to sign Jameis Winston in 2022
The Steelers were one of a few teams reportedly interested in Winston after their long-time starter, Big Ben, retired this past season. With Pittsburgh set at quarterback, the remaining QB-needy teams include the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Winston and 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo serve as two of the top quarterback options this offseason, with Garoppolo garnering a lot of interest from the Colts in particular.
The Saints themselves aren’t completely sold on Winston and recently made an offer to meet with Texans’ Deshaun Watson. If Jameis Winston is their fallback plan, though, New Orleans is in a good position heading into the 2022 season — a better position than, say, last year when Winston and the infamous Taysom Hill were battling for the starting role.
The quarterback carousel continues to go round and round, but quite a few players have since been claimed by desperate NFL teams. Winston remains the Saints’ best option at the moment and should be handled with utmost care in free agency.
Hopefully no one poaches him first.