Just a day after the chaos following Drew Brees’ retirement and the new deal with Taysom Hill, the Saints have officially re-signed QB Jameis Winston.
The initial alarm following Hill’s deal was due to the headline numbers “$140 million over 4 years.” However, it seems the deal largely favors the Saints organization.
Not only does it save them $7.75 million against the cap, but the current expectation is that Hill will not see anything close to the full $140 million in the long run. While Hill is one of the most versatile players in the NFL, he isn’t known for his throwing abilities, with just over 1,000 passing yards since entering the league in 2017.
On the other hand, Winston is a former National Champion, Heisman Winner & a much closer fit to replace Drew Brees.
His new deal is for up to $12 million over one year.
Since being drafted 1st overall in 2015 by the Buccaneers, Winston has put up some big numbers in several categories (not all of which are positive).
As the 2019 starter in Tampa Bay, Winston finished 1st in passing yards, 2nd in passing touchdowns, and 1st in passing attempts. He also threw the most interceptions, not a stat you want on a resume.
During this time, roughly 69% of his passing yards went to the receiver position, which makes sense considering his receivers were Godwin & Evans. Only one of his 33 passing touchdowns went to a running back. If Winston does get the start this year, expect only a slight downturn for Saints WRs & a significant one for RB Alvin Kamara.