Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that free agent QB Jameis Winston and his representatives remain in “active conversations” with NFL teams. However, Winston is reportedly in no rush to sign with a team at this point in the offseason, considering that the draft is coming up and free agency is largely over.
Rapoport says that the only reason for Winston to take a deal right now would be to prevent a team from drafting a late-round quarterback prospect. At this point, it’s more likely Winston waits to see what teams do at quarterback and the options that are available for him in the coming weeks.
NFL teams could look to add veteran players after the deadline passes for free agent signings to impact 2021 compensatory picks.
There has been little to no reported interest in Winston since free agency got underway back in March. Even so, he remains one of the best available quarterbacks behind only Cam Newton and will likely secure a backup job in the coming months.
Winston, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2015. He played out the 2019 season under the fifth-year option from his rookie contract and made a base salary of $20.922 million.
Winston is testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career in 2020.
In 2019, Winston appeared in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 5,109 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while rushing for 250 yards and one touchdown.
We had him included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.