Upon the New Orleans Saints signing Jameis Winston to a one year contract, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback becomes just the first player since the 1970 NFL Merger to change teams after leading the league in passing yards the previous season.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the two sides have agreed to a one year deal worth $1.1 million and another $3.4 million in available incentives.
A far cry from the more than the $20 million Winston made last year in Tampa where he also became the first ever player to throw for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.
In fact, Saints QB Drew Brees could throw a pick on his next 118 passes and would still have a lower career interception rate than Winston does currently and that’s exactly the point. “Well we have a Hall of Fame quarterback and a future Hall of Fame coach, that’s very intriguing for a young quarterback like myself. I’ve been playing against this defense for the past five years and they continue to get better and be dominant. This is a Super Bowl contending team and I’m just happy to be a part of that. Everyone needs to be humbled. Everyone needs those humble experiences and throughout my entire life I started from very humble beginnings. So, it’s definitely just another chapter in my life that I’m going to learn from and is going to make me better.”
The first overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft, Winston is listed as a 250-1 favorite to win the league’s MVP according to a Forbes article.