Five Teams That Should Sign Jameis Winston
2020 NFL Season
Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing yards last season and now can’t find a job, as he’s still a free agent, and now Ian Rapoport is reporting that he’s being methodical with his choice. Winston and his turnover issues are obviously a key factor in why he isn’t signed yet, but there clearly has to be a market for somebody who led the league in passing and is only 26 years old.
Here are five teams that should consider signing Winston in free agency. (This list doesn’t include the Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, teams that have reportedly dropped out of the sweepstakes.)
Philadelphia Eagles - Carson Wentz has played two full seasons just twice in four years and he seems to deal with injuries every season. While they were lucky to once have Nick Foles on the squad, Nate Sudfeld or Kyle Lauletta would be the starters this time if Wentz gets hurt. The Eagles learned last season how ugly things can get if the injuries pile up and depth at the quarterback position is key. Winston is a massive upgrade at backup QB, turnover issues or not.
Tennessee Titans - The Tennessee Titans locked up their quarterback in Ryan Tannehill with a massive contract, but he also hasn’t played 16 games since the 2015 season. Tannehill is averaging 11.3 starts from 2016 to 2019 and missed every game of the 2017 season. With that in mind, Logan Woodside would be the Titans quarterback if they need to turn to their backup. It’s safe to say Winston could have a fit with the Titans.
Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan has been the ironman for the Atlanta Falcons, starting 12 seasons from 2008 to 2019 and averaging 15.8 starts during that span. That indicates the Falcons may not need to worry about their backup quarterback spot, but the possibility of Matt Schaub or Kurt Benkert playing quarterback is terrifying. I can see the pick-six already. Winston obviously has flaws of his own, but he could also be productive with the Falcons weapons and playing in a comfy dome.
New Orleans Saints - Taysom Hill has his role with the New Orleans Saints as the Swiss Army knife and could probably start at quarterback for a game or two if needed, but he’s far more effective as being a gadget. Winston provides stability at the quarterback position, and he could certainly improve his decision making and reading defenses as being a backup behind Drew Brees. If this ends up working out, Winston could also be a bridge quarterback when and if Brees decides to hang it up, limiting a true transition period for the Saints.
Dallas Cowboys - The Dallas Cowboys are likely going to come to an agreement with Dak Prescott, but that doesn’t change the backup quarterback position. The Cowboys would be forced to turn to Cooper Rush or Clayton Thorson if something happened to Prescott, and that’s imply not a comfortable position. Adding Winston would give the Cowboys depth at the QB position and could prevent another 2015 disaster from taking place.