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Buccaneers prioritized three specific quarterbacks entering free agency

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Tom Brady to a one-year contract, but he wasn’t the only quarterback the team was looking at this offseason. According to Peter King of Football Morning in America, the team also looked to bringing in Teddy Bridgewater and bringing back Jameis Winston.

The interest in Winston might seem a bit weird to some. But according to King, Arians liked the way that Winston worked and he still had hope that he could still help turn around his game.

“Why Winston, still, at three? Because Arians loved him as a worker and competitor, and he had hope that he could be saved, and he knew the locker room loved him. Arians was still optimistic he could get Winston to buy into the art of the checkdown if they had to, and the teaching of Moore, who preached, “You never go broke putting money in the bank.”

Even though Arians liked Winston as free agency approached it was clear he was the last option. The team wanted to go after Brady first. And if they couldn’t get him to leave the Patriots, there was confidence they could get Bridgewater to join the team.

“But it was clear to those around the building that the Bucs needed to try to get Brady—and if it looked like a shot in the dark by the legal tampering period, then they’d move on to Bridgewater. They were optimistic they could get Bridgewater if they whiffed on Brady.”

Bridgewater signed with the Carolina Panthers to be their starting quarterback. But Winston is still looking for a team that will take a chance on him.