Jameis Winston threw so many interceptions during the 2019 season that many people wondered if he simply couldn’t see the field correctly. Well, it turns out the former No. 1 pick actually underwent surgery this offseason to repair his eyesight.
Winston led the NFL with 30 interceptions this past season. Although he also threw for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns, the reality is he committed far too many turnovers to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in playoff contention.
It’s been well-known since his days at Florida State that Winston is nearsighted. He constantly squints during games, especially when he’s trying to look at the scoreboard.
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times revealed that Winston underwent LASIK surgery to repair his vision. This procedure reshapes the cornea in a way that allows light enter the eye and focus onto the retina for clearer vision.
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Perhaps this surgery will help Winston improve his numbers next season. On the other hand, it’s possible his turnovers were just a product of careless decisions with the football.
Winston is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He could return to the Buccaneers, but the team hasn’t hinted at what they’ll do yet.
At 26 years old, there’s plenty of mileage left on Winston’s body. However, there are legit concerns about his inability to cut down on interceptions.
The quarterback market will be quite active this offseason, and Winston is just one of many playmakers that could be on the move.