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Report: Jameis Winston to sign with Saints

Free agent quarterback Jameis Winston is staying in the NFC South, according to a report. He is set to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shakes hands with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints after the game on November 17, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints added a quarterback late in the 2020 NFL Draft, and have talked about Taysom Hill as a long-term option. For the 2020 season however, they’re going with a better option as Drew Brees’ primary backup. The team is set to sign free agent quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson.

Robinson is reporting the deal is “economical” given the Saints cap situation. According to Over The Cap, the Saints have $5,041,522 in cap space at the moment. Winston would join a room that includes Taysom Hill and rookie Tommy Stevens.

The Saints placed a first-round tender on Hill as a restricted free agent this offseason. Robinson’s sources say Winston is not guaranteed the backup job, but would instead be competing with Hill for that role.

There has been a lot of talk about Hill’s abilities and long-term role, but Winston is a better quarterback than him. Hill has been a playmaker for the Saints, but exclusively in a gadget role that only occasionally has him taking snaps.

Last month, head coach Sean Payton said on ESPN that 2020 would be Brees’ last season. Brees signed a two-year contract this offseason, but there has been no denial yet of Payton’s comments. Adding Winston and Stevens to the room offers a chance for some competition to figure out the plan for 2021.

As recently as last week, the Jaguars were the favorites to land Newton at +250 at DraftKings Sportsbook. They were followed by the Chargers (+500) and Steelers (+800). The Saints were +2200 at that point, so not the longest of shots, but still a bit of a sleeper.

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