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Report: Bucs in on Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston could land in New Orleans

Vincent Frank
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The quarterback situation heading into NFL free agency in about two weeks continues to be the talk of the league’s water cooler.

Where is Tom Brady going to land? If he leaves the Patriots, what direction do they go in?

Outside of Brady, there’s a number of other starter-caliber quarterbacks set to hit the open market. That includes former Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater, who posted a 5-0 record as the Saints’ starter last season.

One NFL general manager firmly believes that Bridgewater could end up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I am hearing Tampa Bay is hot on Bridgewater,” the unnamed GM told The Athletic’s Mike Sando.

In an interesting turn of events, this could also lead to Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston heading to the Saints to be Drew Brees’ backup.

“Sean Payton. New Orleans wants to keep Taysom as their gadget guy. To do that, they need a No. 2. They can sell it by saying Brees has one year left, so just spend a year with Sean and become the starter in 2021,” the GM continued.

This would be something else. After leading the league with 30 interceptions last season, it’s unlikely Winston will find himself as an unquestioned starter should he leave Tampa Bay. Working behind Brees could be the best way for the former No. 1 overall pick to resurrect his career.

Rumors are flying at a rapid pace around the NFL with free agency getting going on March 18. Both of these teams will be major players when it comes to said free-agent market.