The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be ready to move on from former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. Which teams might benefit from his availability?
Jameis Winston might be the most volatile free agent on the market this season. He’s the biggest high-risk, high-reward player in the entire league, and now he might be available for nothing but salary cap space. However, if the rumors are true, it’s going to be a lot of salary cap space.
There’s talk that Winston is looking to really break the bank. Like, $30 million worth of breaking the bank.
Still, he’s a talented 26-year-old quarterback. That player does not become available in 2020. Incredibly, Winston isn’t the only big-name quarterback potentially available. Beyond Winston, Tom Brady, Dak Prescott (but probably not?), Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota all have different levels of availability. NFL.com didn’t even have Winston in their top 10 most available QBs.
Still, some team is going to talk themselves into Winston for big money, especially if he’s willing to sign short term to prove he can fix his interception problem. The fact is Winston not only led the league in passing yards, he joins Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season. That’s some really good company when it comes to the past, present and future of great quarterbacks.
Winston is going to have his suitors, and his demands will likely be met, at least in the short term. These five teams are likely the best fits.