With Tom Brady now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback, Jameis Winston no longer has a place in Bruce Arians’ plans. He is now a free agent and able to sign anywhere, but he’ll have a hard time finding a starting job in 2020.
Marc Sessler of the NFL Network named one team that could be “an intriguing backup spot” for the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. Sessler pointed to the Pittsburgh Steelers as a potential destination for Winston.
Pittsburgh’s troubles at backup quarterback are pretty well documented. When Ben Roethlisberger got hurt at the start of the 2019 season, the Steelers went one from one the NFL’s most prolific offenses to the lowest-scoring Steelers team in over 20 years. That was due in no small part to Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges both struggling at the QB position.
And yet, despite their struggles, the Steelers still finished just one win away from a playoff spot.
Agree with those suggesting the #Steelers as an intriguing backup spot for JAMEIS WINSTON.
I'd pick the #Jaguars for ANDY DALTON — who could wind up starting games for a team prepping for a long autumn.
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSessler) March 22, 2020
The 2020 season is going to be a critical year for the Steelers. Roethlisberger is 38 and has just two years left on his current contract. If anything happens to him, the Steelers will want a quality backup to keep the offense humming.
Winston would certainly be an interesting choice as he does share some qualities with Roethlisberger such as his combination of size and mobility, along with his arm strength.
But Winston’s biggest flaw right now is his penchant for turning the ball over. And that’s something that the Steelers’ offense isn’t specifically designed to limit.
Would the Steelers be a good fit for Jameis Winston?