According to Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, the New Orleans Saints are closing in on a one-year deal with former Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.
The 26-year-old Winston became the first QB in NFL history to throw 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in a season in 2019. The Buccaneers released Winston in March.
The Florida State product set another NFL record in 2019, becoming the first QB to ever throw seven pick-sixes, including a season-ending one to Deion Jones in an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Winston was the No. 1 pick by Tampa Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft. The former Heisman Trophy winner owns a slew of franchise records, including most career passing yards (19,737), most career rushing yards by a QB (1,044), most career TD passes (121), most games with 300 passing yards or more (27) and most career fumbles (50).
According to Robinson, Winston didn’t have any offers to become a team’s starter. He’ll compete with Taysom Hill and seventh-round pick Tommy Stevens for the No. 2 job behind Drew Brees, who might be looking to move into the broadcast booth with NBC in 2021.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Winston had more lucrative offers, but he opted to go to New Orleans at a cap-friendly rate to learn under Brees and head coach Sean Payton. He hopes to resurrect his career the way Teddy Bridgewater did with the Saints before signing a huge contract with the Carolina Panthers last month.
Winston has a 121/88 career touchdown-to-interception ratio in five NFL seasons. He has 10 career rushing TDs.