Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston reportedly looking for over $30M per year in contract extension, not satisfied with franchise tag
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly want to bring back Jameis Winston for at least another year, but based on the price Winston is asking for, they may end up having second thoughts.
According to JC Cornell of Draft Network, Winston is looking for over $30 million annually in a contract extension and would be “extremely unhappy” with a franchise tag.
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I have heard Jameis is looking for over $30M a year in an extension. Would be extremely unhappy with a franchise tag. There are other markets that would value Jameis much more than Tampa Bay. Chicago comes to mind.
— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) December 24, 2019
Cornell adds that there are other teams that would value Winston more than the Buccaneers and names the Chicago Bears as a possibility.
Even if the Bears would be interested, it’s hard to imagine that they would pay him $30 million a year.
Through 15 games in 2019, Winston has thrown for 4,908 yards, 31 touchdowns and an NFL-worst 28 interceptions while completing 61 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 84.6.
Winston has logged four games of four or more picks this season, including this past Saturday’s loss to the Houston Texans.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by Tampa Bay with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He started all 16 games during his rookie campaign, finishing with 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing 58.3 percent of his throws and registering a passer rating of 84.2, making the Pro Bowl.
The following year, Winston showed some improvement, throwing for 4,090 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 picks while completing 60.8 percent of his passes and recording a passer rating of 86.1.
However, in 2017 and 2018, injuries and inconsistent performance across the board defined Winston, and while he has racked up yardage and touchdowns this season, turnovers have remained a big issue for the Bessemer, Alabama, native.