Jameis Winston Might Never Start For The Buccaneers Again. Here’s Why
Jameis Winston’s future as the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be in major jeopardy.
Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has been dropping dimes in his absence. He has the Bucs off to a 2–0 start, the offense is rolling and he has looked damn good through two games. The Harvard product has tossed eight touchdowns so far.
Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeSean Jackson for the 58-yard TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/IgJtp1Lfq9
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Another 4 TD day for Ryan Fitzpatrick has the rest of the NFL like… pic.twitter.com/XGcobPZJqR
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Here’s the issue, and the reason why I think Winston’s days in Tampa could be soon over. He’ll be owed nearly $21 million if he’s still on the squad next year. That’s a lot of money to invest into somebody with a history of off-the-field issues, a suspension under his belt and a backup quarterback that is playing lights-out.
As a businessman, I’m just not sure why you’d write that massive of a check to Winston when you can pay Fitzpatrick a fraction of that. (RELATED: HERE’S WHAT JAMEIS WINSTON IS REPORTEDLY TELLING HIS FRIENDS ABOUT THE ALLEGED UBER GROPING)
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In the short term, there is just no way in hell you can bench Fitzpatrick once the former first overall pick returns. You just can’t do it. A move like that would be beyond idiotic. Why bench the hot hand that got you to a 2–0 start? You obviously wouldn’t.
If Fitzpatrick finishes out the year strong, I think there is a great chance Winston’s days with the Buccaneers are done.