The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback Jameis Winston for up to $12 million, according to a report from ESPN on Monday night.
Winston, 27, spent last season with the Saints as the backup to Drew Brees. He appeared in four games off the bench, completing 7 of 11 passes for 75 yards.
The Florida State product spent his first five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He threw for a career-high 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2019, but he also led the league with 30 interceptions.
Brees’ retirement this week opened the door for Winston to play a more prominent role in New Orleans in 2021. Another candidate to earn more playing time under center is Taysom Hill, who completed 88 of 121 passes for 928 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions last season.
In a recent podcast appearance with longtime NFL kicker Morten Andersen, Saints coach Sean Payton said he hoped that Winston would return to New Orleans.
“Jameis Winston, we had a good year to work with, and he’s someone — I said it on record already — we’d like to sign back,” Payton said. “I’d like to see him competing to be that guy.”
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The New Orleans Saints placed quarterback Jameis Winston on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday morning, just hours before a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the NFL reporting no new positive tests on Sunday morning, Winston potentially was a close contact to someone who tested positive for the virus.
Signed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal before the season, Winston, 26, has appeared in just three games for the Saints, completing 7 of 11 passes for 75 yards.
Winston had been expected to back up starting quarterback Drew Brees, who is returning after recovering from multiple broken ribs.
Taysom Hill, who started four games and went 3-1 in Brees’ absence, figures to be the backup in Winston’s place.
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Versatile New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill will be under center to start this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.
ESPN reported that Hill received all of the starting quarterback reps at practice this week for the Saints (7-2), who bring a six-game winning streak into Sunday’s game with the visiting Falcons (3-6).
Jameis Winston is expected to serve as the backup against Atlanta after playing the majority of the second half in the Saints’ 27-13 victory over San Francisco on Sunday. Winston replaced quarterback Drew Brees, who sustained a collapsed lung and fractured ribs against the 49ers.
Winston was 6-of-10 passing for 63 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against San Francisco.
Hill, who signed a two-year, $21 million deal in April, is a jack-of-all-trades for the Saints. He has thrown 86 yards on 4-of-5 passing, turned 34 carries into 186 yards and a touchdown, and six catches into 74 yards and another score this season.
Hill, 30, has completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 205 yards in 46 career games with the Saints. He also has rushed 98 times for 538 yards and four touchdowns and added 28 catches for 312 yards and seven scores.
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Jameis Winston replaced Drew Brees at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints to start the second half of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Saints announced Brees was questionable to return because of injured ribs. He absorbed a big hit during the first half, and cameras showed him pointing toward his right torso as he spoke afterward with head coach Sean Payton.
San Francisco defensive tackle Kentavius Street drew a penalty for roughing the passer on the hit that injured Brees. The Saints sent in Taysom Hill at quarterback with Brees lining up wide on the next play, and Hill stayed in for the next play as Brees headed to the sideline.
Brees returned for the following drive, which marked his last action of the half, before he was replaced at halftime. He had a 103.4 passer rating for the first half after completing 8 of 13 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Winston, 26, made his Saints debut one week ago in relief as he completed his only pass attempt for 12 yards.
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Another day, another quarterback change in Tampa Bay. It’s not often that teams bench a starter, try someone else at the position, and then go back to the original starter. And yet, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting next week vs. the Panthers. Keep in mind, he led the Buccaneers to a 2-0 start, beating the defending champs and handing New Orleans their only loss. Then he almost led a miraculous 2nd half comeback following a dismal first half performance vs the Steelers. Week 4 is where it really went down hill. He went 9/18 for 126 yards and 1 interception, and was benched for Jameis Winston. Since then, it appeared that Tampa Bay was set on Winston as a starter, but here we are awaiting what Fitzmagic can produce vs. a hot Carolina team in week 9.
Also, the Houston Texans have won their last 5 games.
- Deshaun Watson tossed 239 yards and 5 touchdowns
- Patrick Mahomes tossed for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns
- Marlon Mack, Joe Mixon, and James Connor all rushed for 100+ yards and 2 touchdowns
- 12 Players with 100+ receiving yards
- 6 Players with 2 receiving touchdowns
For some, it was an amazing week, like Tom Brady, Todd Gurley and Tyreek Hill. For others like Marcus Mariota, it was a week to forget. The Titans allowed him to be sacked 11 times, and yet he completed only 10 passes. It’s not uncommon to see something like this when a backup comes in for a possession or two, but Mariota played the entire game. Either the Ravens defense was on fire, or the Titans are in desperate need of a offensive line.
- Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck ,and Patrick Mahomes tossed for 4 touchdowns
- Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers both produced 2 touchdowns, along with last minute game winning drives
- Melvin Gordon rushed for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns
- Todd Gurley rushed for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns
- Tyreek Hill caught 7 passes for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns
Jameis Winston is the latest player to be suspended by the NFL after his incident with an Uber driver last winter. Jameis’ incident is not a typical case, most suspensions in the NFL are drug-related.
Whether player-enhancing or player-relaxing, most suspensions fall under those two categories. As of right now there are 12 players suspended for PEDs and two for marijuana-related charges.
Below is a list of all the players currently suspended, their charges and the length of their suspensions:
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This table will be consistently updated as new players are suspended
Vontaze Burfict: Claimed it was Adderall in his defense hearing. That would be substance abuse not a PED under NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Mark Ingram: Claims he tested positive for a substance that is allowed under the NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Josh Huff: Released by the Eagles after his arrest. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana under 50 grams when he was pulled over for speeding.
Roy Miller: He was waived from the Chiefs after being arrested on domestic battery charges. While the NFL declined to say that was the reason for his suspension, it’s not hard to connect the dots.
Jameis Winston: Last February, an Uber driver alleged that Winston grabbed her crotch. The investigation lasted seven months but it was reported he was receiving a three-game suspension on June 21st.