The New Orleans Saints have their quarterback for the 2022 season, re-signing Jameis Winston to a two-year deal. This felt like what was going to happen all along and fans were relieved when it finally happened.
Not everyone is a fan of the move, however. Alex Kay of Bleacher Report put together a list of every team’s worst free-agent signing and said that Winston was the Saints’ worst signing, stating that he was a “costly stopgap” for the black and gold.
"On paper, the move makes sense for a team that failed to find success with any other quarterback following Drew Brees’ retirement.However, the reality is that the 28-year-old is still just a costly stopgap to hold the Saints over until they find a franchise-caliber talent to build around.He signed a two-year deal worth $28 million, $21 million of which is guaranteed.The Saints are likely better off with him compared to the other options the Saints had in free agency, but it’s unlikely this team will contend until it unearths a quality rookie or swings a blockbuster trade to shore up the position for the long-term."
I don’t view Winston in the same way that Kay does. Sure he’s not a top 10 quarterback but the Saints don’t need one of those with the way their roster is built. Their defense will be the highlight and their offense will operate by way of the run game.
Jameis Winston is not a bad signing for the Saints
New Orleans threw fans for a loop when they heavily pursued Deshaun Watson, as it kept them sidelined from the first wave of free agency. As other free-agent quarterbacks signed elsewhere and top names were traded or staying put, the Saints were running out of options.
It felt as though if the Saints missed out on Watson, Winston was the only remaining choice for them. That, or they’d be forced to turn to the draft where there aren’t many great quarterback options. Obviously, that wouldn’t have been ideal.
The Winston signing means that New Orleans doesn’t have to waste a pick on a quarterback if they don’t want to. If the team struggles in 2022, there’s a chance they could land one of the top quarterbacks in next year’s draft class or maybe they’ll be in a position where they can trade up.
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I understand why those on the outside might not love the Jameis Winston signing but for the New Orleans Saints, it makes perfect sense.