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Buccaneers will explore options for Jameis Winston replacement in 2020 offseason

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t benched their former top-two overall pick as the Tennessee Titans did in Week 6, but rumors indicate they will be looking to replace theirs.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, the Buccaneers, as well as the Titans, are expected to “reset their sights” at quarterback. Meaning, 2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston is likely done in Tampa Bay after he serves the last year of his rookie contract.

Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 pick in the same draft, is now a backup for the Titans. Tennessee will host Tampa Bay on Sunday, Oct. 27.

In Week 6, Winston coughed up six turnovers in a loss to the Carolina Panthers. The former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State Seminole leads the NFL in turnovers since 2015, as he has 68 interceptions and 16 fumbles lost since.

Though Winston leads the Buccaneers in passing yards thrown with the team (16,399), his turnover tendencies and 23-37 record as a starter haven’t made for an ideal on-the-field product. His off-the-field altercations haven’t helped either. He was suspended for three games in 2018 for an issue in 2016, where he allegedly groped a female Uber driver.

Tampa Bay is currently slated to have the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. That may not be in range to draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or LSU’s Joe Burrow. Still, it could land them one of Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts or Utah State’s Jordan Love, as mock draft typically have them going after the top-five. Of course, draft placement and situations change.

The Buccaneers could also look at the trade market for a vested veteran quarterback, or offer Dak Prescott or Marcus Mariota (imagine?) in free agency. Nonetheless, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Winston won’t be the guy in Tampa Bay in 2020.

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