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5 options for the Saints if Jameis Winston doesn’t work out

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints re-signed Jameis Winston to a two-year contract but what if the former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t work out for this team? 

If an NFL team has a legitimate franchise quarterback, they can contend for a Super Bowl each and every year. While the New Orleans Saints only won one Super Bowl with Drew Brees, they were a contender pretty much every year with him under center.

The black and gold aren’t in that boat anymore, unfortunately.

If Winston doesn’t rise to the occasion and show that he can be the long-term answer for the Saints moving forward, who are some other quarterbacks they can target to be that guy?

Here are five potential options for New Orleans if Winston flames out.

Contract information courtesy of Spotrac 

Stats courtesy of ESPN

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5. Jimmy Garoppolo

Some might have Jimmy Garoppolo higher on a list like this but his salary paired with him turning 31 in November is a reason why I don’t think he’ll be a target for New Orleans down the road.

As of now, Garoppolo is still with the 49ers even after they spent last year’s third overall pick on Trey Lance. Garoppolo had surgery on his shoulder this offseason, which adds another level of intrigue with his potential trade market.

Garoppolo is entering the final year of his contract and he’s owed $24.2 million this year. Whoever does end up trading for him will likely do so with the intent of extending him so that’s why this contract situation is an obstacle.

Garoppolo is a decent quarterback but his injury concerns and not being able to win the big games are reason enough for the Saints to avoid trading the farm for him.