Jameis Winston wasn’t bothered by Saints targeting Deshaun Watson

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints have their quarterback for the 2022 (and 2023) season, as Jameis Winston agreed to terms on a two-year deal a week and a half ago. Before the team re-signed Winston, they were in the running to land Deshaun Watson, who ended up choosing the $230 million that the Browns offered him.

The Saints acted fast after Watson made his decision and brought back Winston, whose options had dwindled. The Colts were said to still be in the running for the former Heisman Trophy winner but picked New Orleans because “I just love this team. I love this city.” 

That wasn’t the only noteworthy quote from Winston’s press conference with the Saints. When asked about the team targeting Deshaun Watson, the third-year Saints quarterback said that he wasn’t bothered by it.

Saints QB Jameis Winston handles Deshaun Watson situation with class

Not only was Winston not bothered by the situation, but he mentions that he was glad things worked out the way that they did. He knows football is a business and that the Saints were free to do what they wanted to. At the end of the day though, he’s happy to be back.

Another big segment from Winston’s presser was his rehabbing. He mentioned that he feels great, is ahead of schedule, and will be back for training camp. Some wondered if the injury might have been why Winston’s market wasn’t as big in free agency but it sounds like he’s recovering well and will be able to start in Week1.

Winston told reporters that he’s happy that he doesn’t have to earn the starting job this offseason as he had to a year ago. He beat Taysom Hill out for the starting job but this year, he’ll be the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints when they take the field in the first game of the 2022 season.

He’s also stoked about having Michael Thomas to throw to this year, which wasn’t the case in 2021. His weapons last season were pretty scarce.

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Winston might not be a top 10 quarterback but the Saints aren’t the kind of team that need one of those. Their strength now is their defense and their run game. As long as Winston can make the key plays when needed, this team should surprise some people in 2022, especially in a weak NFC.