While everyone else was asleep, the Saints were continuing to make moves. At around 3:30 am CT the news broke that the Saints are bringing in former number one overall pick, Jameis Winston to be Drew Brees’ backup. The 2019 NFL passing yards leader will now spend a year learning behind two of the NFL’s greats, Sean Payton and Drew Brees.
The Saints are starting to build up a reputation as a QB revival location. As we all know, Teddy Bridgewater suffered one of the worst knee injuries we had ever seen. Many were certain his career was over. He comes to NOLA, spends a couple of seasons learning behind Drew Brees, and steps up when Drew gets hurts. Now he is the starting QB in Carolina and is set to make $63 million over the next three years. Taysom Hill was cut from the Green Bay Packers before Sean Payton saw him and the duo has created a whole new position in the NFL. Not to mention, he has been learning and improving as a QB for the last three years. Earlier today, Taysom signed a two-year $21 million extention to stay in NOLA through 2021. Jameis sees this and wants to follow that same path.
Jameis Had Other Offers
The news that should really have Saints fans sold on Jameis, if they are not already, is the fact that he wanted to be here. Shortly after Winston signed with us, the reports came out that Pittsburgh offered Jameis a more lucrative deal to learn behind Big Ben and Mike Tomlin. He chose to come to NOLA and learn behind Sean Payton and Drew Brees. This proves that he is not in it for the money, and he is prepared to buckle down and improve as a player.
The Talent is There
Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing this past season. The problem, is he threw 30 interceptions. However, after reviewing the film, about 18 of those can actually be blamed on Jameis. That is still a lot of turnovers. Winston is just 26 years old and in the perfect situation. Winston has spent his entire career on a mediocre Bucs team with a poor offensive line. If you look at the numbers through those five seasons, they are almost identical to Peyton Manning’s number through his first five years. So, if anyone is going to develop Jameis into the QB he was expected to be coming out of Florida State, it is going to be Sean Payton. Hold it.