New Orleans Saints re-sign QB Jameis Winston

Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) celebrates after a touchdown by running back Alvin Kamara (not pictured) during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints rumors have been pointing in this direction for some time now. Jameis Winston likely returning to compete with Taysom Hill for the starting job following the retirement of Drew Brees.

One day after restructuring Hill’s contract, the Saints have apparently jumped into the NFL free agency frenzy by re-signing Winston.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (that’s a thing), New Orleans has brought back the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 1 pick after he signed a one-year deal with the team last offseason.

The deal is expected to be somewhat similar to the one-year contract Cam Newton agreed to with the New England Patriots late last week. That is to say, $5 million in base salary over one year with a bunch of incentives.

A more traditional NFL reporter, ESPN’s Adam Schefter later noted that the deal was for up to $12 million with New Orleans. Obviously, Winston will have to earn some big-time incentives to reach that benchmark.

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Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) prior to kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to this reported deal, reports had pointed in the direction of Winston being favored to land the starting job over Hill next season. Whether that’s actually going to be the case depends heavily on what promises to be a training camp competition between the two.

Winston, 27, threw only 11 regular-season passes in his first season under Sean Payton in New Orleans. Even then, Payton views the former Florida State standout as a potential long-term heir-apparent to Brees.

During the course of a five-year career with the Buccaneers, Winston threw for 19,737 yards with 88 touchdowns against 71 interceptions. In his final season with the Bucs back in 2019, Winston led the league with 5,109 yards and 30 interceptions. He also threw 33 touchdowns that year.

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