As of now, Rapoport says it remains to be seen what the Buccaneers will do to keep Winston.
The Buccaneers can use both the franchise and transitions tags next year because it’s slated to be the final year of the current CBA.
The franchise tag for quarterbacks will come in around $27 million while the transition tag would be $25 million or so.
Another player the Buccaneers will have to address and will factor into what the team does with Winston is OLB Shaq Barrett. He too could receive one of the team’s two tags if they’re unable to get a long-term agreement in place before the start of free agency.
Winston has shown improvement under new HC Bruce Arians and Rapoport says the Bucs are hopeful of what he can do moving forward. Although, he has still struggled a lot with turnovers, so there is clearly room for improvement.
Winston, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2015. He’s set to make a base salary of $20.922 million for the 2019 season under his fifth-year option.
Winston is in line to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career next year.
14 games for the Buccaneers and completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 4,573 yards, 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while rushing for 229 yards and one touchdown.
We have him featured in our Top 50 – 2020 Free Agents list.