We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Richard Sherman, Chris Godwin, Trent Williams, Allen Robinson, Hunter Henry and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. Many free agents stand a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but many will be taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.
2020 in review
Winston’s 2020 didn’t go that well, as he was passed over for the starting quarterback job by Taysom Hill after Drew Brees was injured. He saw a few snaps, but not enough to really evaluate where he is in the Saints offense.
When it comes to NFL caliber starting quarterbacks, there is always a market. Winston likely isn’t high on the priority list across the league, but desperation will kick in and teams will give up a lot for the chance at a useful starter. Teams who could be interested include the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and Chicago Bears.
Do the Saints want to keep him?
Yes, Sean Payton let it be known that he would like to keep Winston, saying they want to sign a deal with him “sooner than later.” Of course, if another quarterback were to get in the mix, the Saints would probably be happy to discard Winston for a better option, but they might not be able to find that. Longterm there is no doubt that Winston is the better overall option than Hill and Payton is a good coach to get the best out of him. There is a real chance that Winston is the starter come Week 1.
If Winston can win the starting job in New Orleans, he’s going to have fantasy upside. Strong offensive line, offensive minded coach, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and a good defense would set Winston up to be much more efficient than he was in Bruce Arians chuck and duck offense.