Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns, QB Jameis Winston agree to 1-year deal

The Cleveland Browns are signing veteran quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year, $8.7 million contract, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Winston was the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has spent his entire career in the NFC South with the Bucs (2015-19) and New Orleans Saints.

His signing means that Joe Flacco, who earned Comeback Player of the Year for leading the Browns to the postseason following the season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson, is unlikely to return to Cleveland.

Winston, 30, has appeared in 93 career games (80 starts) and has a 34-46 record — 28-42 with the Bucs and 6-4 with the Saints. He’s completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 22,104 yards with 141 touchdowns and 99 interceptions.

As a rusher, he has added 11 touchdowns and 1,214 yards on 298 carries.

In limited action in seven games as Derek Carr’s backup in New Orleans last season, Winston completed 25 passes for 264 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.

Also Tuesday, the Washington Commanders and quarterback Marcus Mariota reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Mariota was the No. 2 pick behind Winston in 2015.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) is carted off the field after an injury against the Minnesota Vikings during the thrid quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

With QB Derek Carr ailing, Saints turn to Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr has a rib injury to go along with his second concussion of the season, head coach Dennis Allen said Monday.

Jameis Winston is now in line to start Sunday when the Saints (5-7) host the Carolina Panthers (1-11).

Carr exited Sunday’s 33-28 loss to the visiting Detroit Lions with multiple injuries and returned to concussion protocol after also coming away with a head injury in a Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Carr was injured Sunday when he took a hit to the abdomen from Lions pass-rusher Bruce Irvin. He stayed on the ground as team medical personnel examined him. A cart was pulled up but Carr eventually walked to the medical tent on his own power then later walked to the locker room.

Carr completed 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception before exiting. Winston completed 2 of 5 passes for 41 yards and Taysom Hill threw two incompletions for the Saints.

Winston made 70 starts in 72 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over his first five NFL seasons, but in four seasons with the Saints, he has started 10 times in just 19 games of action.

In five games this season, Winston has completed 53.2 percent of his passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. In nine career seasons, he has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 22,104 yards, 141 TDs and 99 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) is carted off the field after an injury against the Minnesota Vikings during the thrid quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Derek Carr remains in concussion protocol

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr is still in concussion protocol after completing the bye week.

Head coach Dennis Allen said on Monday as the Saints return to work that Carr isn’t yet cleared. He left the 27-19 Week 10 loss at the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion.

Jameis Winston finished that game and would be in line to start Sunday at the Atlanta Falcons if Carr doesn’t progress through the NFL-mandated protocol.

Carr has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions over his first 10 starts with New Orleans (5-5) following a nine-year tenure with the Raiders franchise.

Allen also said that wide receiver Michael Thomas (knee) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) will miss more time with their respective injuries. He declined to say whether injured reserve would be in the question for either of the former Pro Bowlers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Derek Carr injures shoulder vs. Packers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr sustained a shoulder injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the host Green Bay Packers.

The Saints announced Carr is questionable to return to the contest.

Carr’s right shoulder landed hard on the ground as he was being sacked by linebacker Rashan Gary on a third-down play.

Carr walked into the medical tent on his own power and — after a brief stay — was escorted to the locker room.

Jameis Winston replaced Carr, who had completed 13 of 18 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Oct 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Saints tab Andy Dalton for start again in Week 8

Andy Dalton is drawing the start at quarterback again for the New Orleans Saints this week despite a healthy Jameis Winston, the ordained starter to open the season.

Saints coach Dennis Allen on Wednesday called it an “offensive decision,” noting that Winston is healthy.

“… We’re going to continue with Andy,” Allen told reporters. “… No need to upset the apple cart.”

The Saints, who have lost two straight, host the Las Vegas Raiders this Sunday.

Winston, 28, started the first three games before suffering back and ankle injuries. He went 1-2, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 858 yards, with four touchdowns against five interceptions.

Dalton, who turns 35 on Saturday, has gone 1-3 as the starter, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 946 yards, with seven TDs against four INTs.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) throws the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston back at practice; Michael Thomas sits

Quarterback Jameis Winston returned to practice for New Orleans on Wednesday but Michael Thomas was among a host of Saints — including all three starting wideouts — sidelined in the first practice of the week.

Both Winston (back, ankle) and Thomas (foot) missed the Saints’ past two games with their respective injuries. Winston was reportedly playing through four fractured vertebrae before being sidelined.

Andy Dalton has gone 1-1 as the starter in place of Winston.

While Winston was listed as limited in practice, six other players joined Thomas on the did-not-participate list: WRs Deonte Harty (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and rookie Chris Olave (concussion), cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen), defensive end Payton Turner (chest) and tackle Calvin Throckmorton (hip).

Thomas, Olave and Landry all start for the Saints. Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway were the only healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster at practice Wednesday. Landry also missed last week’s game.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen wouldn’t make any predictions on whether Winston will be back under center this week against visiting Cincinnati.

“It’s another step in the right direction,” Allen said.

Winston is 1-2 as the starter this season, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 858 yards. He has four touchdowns against five interceptions.

Dalton has thrown for 423 yards, with two touchdowns and one pick in two games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) celebrates after a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Michael Thomas out, Jameis Winston doubtful vs. Vikings

Wide receiver Michael Thomas won’t play Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against the Minnesota Vikings, and quarterback Jameis Winston is doubtful.

Head coach Dennis Allen had a grim injury update on Friday from London, where the two teams will meet in the first international game of the 2022 season.

Allen said Thomas will be sidelined with a foot injury, and back and ankle injuries likely will keep Winston from playing. Veteran Andy Dalton would start in his place.

“I think it’s doubtful that Jameis plays in the game, and so our plan right now is to have Andy ready to go,” Allen said. “We’ll see how things go overnight, but Andy will be ready to go if that’s the direction that we go.”

The Saints also have ruled out guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and safety Marcus Maye (ribs). Wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle) and running back Alvin Kamara (ribs) are questionable.

Winston, 28, has led the Saints to a 1-2 record this season. He’s completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 858 yards with four touchdowns. He’s thrown five interceptions, which ties him for the league lead.

A two-time All-Pro, the 29-year-old Thomas has 16 receptions for 171 yards with three touchdown catches in the first three games of the season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is sacked by Carolina Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn (21) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas sit out practice again

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas did not practice for a second straight day on Thursday in London.

Despite consecutive absences, Winston (back, ankle) still is expected to be under center when the Saints (1-2) “host” the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) on Sunday.

“I think they’re just making what was the best decision for him (Thursday), and then obviously it was a plan last week kind of where he was going to be limited throughout the week, and so we’ll see where we are at (on Friday),” Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said. “But it was just part of the plan as the day unfolded.

“I think the plan was just kind of see where he was at day to day and then see if we could get him out there. So hopefully, that happens (on Friday).

While Winston and Thomas (foot) sat out for the second straight day, wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle), guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and tackle Ryan Ramczyk (rest) were listed as limited in practice on Thursday.

Like Wednesday, Andy Dalton took first-team reps and would be in line to get the start should Winston be unable to play on Sunday. Winston injured his back in New Orleans’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener on Sept. 11 before tweaking his ankle last week in practice.

Winston, 28, has completed 73 of 115 passes for 858 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in three games this season.

Dalton, 34, has yet to throw a pass this season. He completed 149 of 236 attempts for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games last season for the Chicago Bears.

Thomas, 29, is nursing a foot injury sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 16 catches for 171 yards and a team-leading three receiving touchdowns this season.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport (shoulder), wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (concussion) and safety J.T. Gray (shoulder) turned in full practices on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.

Running back Alvin Kamara (rib), cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle), safety Marcus Maye (rib), wide receiver Deonte Harty (foot) and tight end Taysom Hill (ribs) were limited in Thursday’s practice.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) looks to pass in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas not spotted at practice

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas were absent from practice on Wednesday in London.

Andy Dalton took first-team reps and versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill also took snaps at quarterback in place of Winston, who is nursing both back and ankle injuries. Winston injured his back in New Orleans’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener on Sept. 11 before tweaking his ankle last week in practice.

Head coach Dennis Allen said he expects Winston to practice Thursday.

Winston, 28, has completed 73 of 115 passes for 858 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in three games this season for the Saints (1-2), who “host” the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) on Sunday.

Dalton, 34, has yet to throw a pass this season. He completed 149 of 236 attempts for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games last season for the Chicago Bears.

Hill, 32, was ruled inactive for New Orleans’ 22-14 loss to the host Carolina Panthers last Sunday. He had been nursing an injury to his ribs.

He has yet to throw a pass in two games this season. He has seven rushes for 95 yards and a touchdown and one catch for two yards while playing as a tight end.

Hill threw for a career-high 979 yards to go along with four touchdowns and five interceptions in 2021.

Thomas, 29, is nursing a toe injury sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 16 catches for 171 yards and a team-leading three receiving touchdowns this season.

–Field Level Media