Buccaneers pick up Winston's fifth-year option

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston's rookie contract, ahead of the May 3rd deadline. However, the Tampa offense as a whole took a step backward, and Winston's injuries, inconsistency, and lack of deep accuracy played a role in that downturn.

Read the full news release here. He signed a four-year, $25.35 million contract that included a fifth-year club option.

Still, Winston has been solid on the field for Tampa Bay through three seasons, finishing with a quarterback rating of at least 82 in each season. At some point, Winston has to stop turning the ball over, or the positives will be washed away by the undeniable negatives.

Tampa Bay still could work out a long-term contract with Winston. The 24-year-old has an huge amount of talent, showcasing one of the best arms in the league.

This is a clear indication that the Buccaneers are still in the evaluation process with Winston.

Winston, who recently turned 24, is the second-youngest passer in National Football League history to top 10,000 passing yards, and his 69 touchdowns are the most by any quarterback by the age of 23.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported his relationship with head coach Dirk Koetter was "not in a good place". Then again, should turnovers persist, the noise will only start to grow around Winston.

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