The Bucs have a new quarterback in Tom Brady, which leaves Jameis Winston looking for a new home.
His former coach is trying to help out.
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said he’s picked up the phone himself and contacted multiple teams in an effort to sell them on Winston.
“I called a couple teams and told them you’re going to get one of the hardest workers you’ve ever had, and a great young man,” Arians said. “It didn’t work out for us only because Tom Brady was available, and we had Teddy Bridgewater if that hadn’t worked out — we were going full steam back with Jameis. He’s a great young man and nobody’s going to outwork him.”
Virtually all of the starting quarterback positions in the league have been filled, so Winston will likely be looking for a situation like Ryan Tannehill had last year.
The former No. 1 overall pick is still just 26 years old and is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards, becoming just the eighth player in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. His 33 touchdown passes ranked second in the NFL. Ultimately, his 30 interceptions cost him his job.
“I think it was that regression in those last two ball games after he had made such good progress,” Arians said. “You don’t throw for 5,100 yards and 30 touchdowns and not have any talent. Those numbers are amazing themselves, but those turnovers in December made us wonder if there’s something better behind door No. 2.”
There haven’t been any reports of teams showing serious interest in Winston. There are some connecting him to Pittsburgh as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger, but that’s all talk for now.
Other veteran options include Cam Newton, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton (trade).
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