The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving forward with Tom Brady as their quarterback. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston is still looking for a new team.
Last week, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero suggested the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons or New Orleans Saints as potential landing spots for Winston. NBC Sports’ Peter King and Marc Sessler of NFL Network also think Jameis would be a fit in Pittsburgh.
Now, we have another prominent analyst connecting Winston to the Steelers. Earlier today, ESPN’s Marcus Spears said Jameis would do well to sign with Pittsburgh and back up Ben Roethlisberger.
“Jameis needs to got to Pittsburgh and Jameis needs to sit behind Ben Roethlisberger for a year,” Spears said on Get Up!. “I believe it’ll do him great service to just sit back and watch the game. The one fascinating thing about Jameis Winston is his ceiling is as high as anybody’s in the NFL based on the successful things that we’ve seen him do.
“And obviously we lament about the 30 interceptions that weren’t all his fault. But with that being said, if he can go and sit behind Ben, get under Mike Tomlin’s wing, Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges aren’t the future in Pittsburgh. We kind of see Jameis and Ben in that same vein, big guys, strong arms and offenses tailored to what they like to do.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 23, 2020
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Jameis made the Pro Bowl and was named Rookie of the Year in his first season. Spears is correct in saying that his positive plays are indicative of high-level talent.
However, Jameis’ penchant for giveaways has been his undoing in the NFL. Wherever he signs, he won’t be able to rejuvenate his career without taking care of the football more.