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How does Jameis Winston figure into Saints’ long-term plans?

Jesse Reed
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The New Orleans Saints now have two potential promising quarterbacks that could be Drew Brees’ heir apparent after signing Jameis Winston.

The franchise inked super-gadget Taysom Hill to a lucrative deal earlier in free agency. The team absolutely loves his potential as a dual-threat quarterback.

Winston is one of the most talented pure passers in the game today. He just has one major flaw.

So what does it all mean?

Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will compete for the right to take over for Brees

Earlier this offseason, Saints head coach Sean Payton let slip something he ended up taking back but that continues to resonate. He said that the 2020 season would be Brees’ last in the NFL.

By signing Winston, even for just one year, the Saints have two options to take over for Brees when he ultimately does retire. And according to Jeff Duncan of The Athletic, that’s exactly what will happen. Duncan wrote on Twitter that Hill “remains Plan A” to take over. However, he also wrote that Winston “will compete with him for the starting job when Brees retires.

Both Hill and Winston are on short-term deals. If Brees does retire after the 2020 season it’s not wild to think Winston could be re-signed after the 2020 season.

In terms of pure quarterbacking talent, Winston is the entire package. This is a young guy who is still just 26. In five seasons, he’s racked up nearly 20,000 yards while throwing 121 touchdowns. That type of production isn’t something to be taken lightly.

The only knock on him is that he’s careless with the ball. So, if the Saints believe he can be cured of his turnover woes he could be the next great quarterback in New Orleans.