Update, original story below.
The contract details for Jameis Winston’s one-year deal to join the New Orleans Saints have been reported:
Jameis Winston’s one-year contract with the Saints carries a base value of $1.1M, per source. He got a $148,000 signing bonus, a base salary of $952,000 and $3.4M is available in incentives. Jameis prioritized the chance to learn and grow as a player.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2020
Jameis Winston’s one-year contract with the #Saints:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2020
$148,000 signing bonus
$952,000 base salary
$1.76M playtime incentives
$1.8M playoff playtime incentives
$40,000 Pro Bowl incentive
Base $1.1M. Max $4.7M with incentives.
To say this is a steal for the Saints would be an understatement. The approximately $1 million dollar base salary earned by the league’s reigning passing yards leader is less then the new deals signed by Colt McCoy ($2.25 million), Jeff Driskel (average $2.5 million over two years), and former Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel (average $4.35 million over three years).
In fact, the contract that lands Jameis in New Orleans is approximately the same contract - without accounting for incentives - signed by a fellow former Floridian quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, who re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for. . . approximately $1.1 million in 2020.
That means the New Orleans Saints are paying former Tampa Bay Buccaneers #1 overall pick (and 2019 passing yards leader) in 2020 is less than the amount the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are paying Blaine Gabbert.
I’d say that’s a good deal for the Saints.
We all knew it was coming, but now the news is undeniably official. Jameis Winston is a New Orleans Saints.
Winston signed a one-year deal to come to the Big Easy. While there are no details on figures to share at present, Nick Underhill has reported that the numbers should be “low”.
For the Saints, Jameis provides excellent QB depth again should the Saints need an emergency backup behind Drew Brees and/or Taysom Hill. Protecting them in case of injury or in case the Taysom Hill plan does not hold true. For Jameis, this opportunity represents a new beginning.
Jameis will, much like Teddy Bridgewater, have the chance to work with a fantastic coaching staff and learn from a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees before potentially embarking on a new contract search in 2021’s offseason.
Jameis had a remarkable year last season throwing for 5,109 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. However, those numbers are often spoiled by his 30 interception year. You can read more context about each of those interceptions courtesy of Underhill.
Those turnovers are what Winston will work to clean up among other facets of his game in New Orleans. For the former Florida State signal caller, this is a great environment for him to pick up the development he never had the chance to undergo as an immediate starter.
Even Jeff Ireland, Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland said that Winston will “lean more football in a year than he has in his lifetime.” A bold statement, yes, but a warranted one as the Saints have picked up the reputation of “quarterback grad school” recently.
The QB room in New Orleans will draw many eyes around the nation yet again in 2020.
Check back for more updates on Winston’s contract as they become available.
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