The market for Jameis Winston was pretty slow to develop, and early on it became clear he’d probably be in line for a backup role.
His search for a team officially ended Tuesday, with the ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback staying in the NFC South by inking a deal with the New Orleans Saints, with whom he’ll back up Drew Brees.
Winston is playing on a one-year deal and seems to have a good attitude about the opportunity to learn from Brees — and he should. Brees’ last backup, Teddy Bridgewater, made the most of his playing time last season and parlayed it into a nice contract with the Carolina Panthers.
It was reported Wednesday that Winston’s base salary for the upcoming season is $1.1 million. That prompted Warren Sharp to dig up the list of QBs Winston now is making less than, and it’s pretty wild.
Jameis makes $1.1M this yr & slots at QB #52.
He makes less than these backups:
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 29, 2020
For as mistake-prone as Winston is, he is coming off a season where he had 33 passing touchdowns.
But the irony in all of this is he probably would’ve stuck around in Tampa had Tom Brady not become available, and he all but certainly would’ve made more money than he is now.