You’ve probably heard the news by now that Tom Brady is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a heartfelt goodbye on social media to the Patriots and New England, it would only be a matter of time before he would sign with a team. Most suspected he would sign with the Chargers, but he decided to surprise everyone.
Tom Brady had signed with Tampa Bay for more than $30 Million per year. The 42-year-old managed to secure one last bag but good. This move by Tampa Bay, though, sets up a bit of conflict.
26-year-old Jameis Winston had been the starting Quarterback for the Bucs for five seasons. He had a solid season last year. His passer rating went down a bit, but he had a career-high 319.3 yards per game.
The addition of Brady puts Winston’s future with the Buccaneers in question. Winston had a career year last season, but no one starts over Tom Brady. Winston himself is a free agent and if he wants to play, odds are he’s not returning.
Plenty of teams could use a Quarterback of his caliber. Teams like the Colts, Chargers and Patriots come to mind. All of them could use an upgrade at Quarterback and Winston is a young, talented player.
Winston is not going to return to the Buccaneers. He earned a starting spot with his incredible talent and he just had arguably the best season of his career. He’s not going to go from there to the bench.
Winston could really make a name for himself in New England. The Patriots don’t seem to be in the Tua Tagovailoa sweepstakes, so signing the young Quarterback would actually be a pretty good move for them. They also have a crap ton of draft picks to surround Winston with talent.
The Buccaneers likely aren’t going to re-sign him now that they have Tom Brady. It’s going to be interesting to see where he ends up, and it’s going to be a different team.