TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston stated he’s dedicated to the Bucs however would not speculate Wednesday when requested if he felt they have been dedicated to him beyond 2018.
Winston’s $20.9 million fifth-year possibility for 2019 is assured for damage solely at this level. He may very well be minimize by the Bucs after the season and prior to the beginning of the 2019 league 12 months with zero salary-cap implications for the staff and he would not be owed a dime.
“Yeah, I simply know that I am dedicated to this staff, and dedicated to doing my greatest to present a possibility for me later,” stated Winston, who was benched three video games after returning from suspension earlier this 12 months.
After two dangerous outings for Ryan Fitzpatrick wherein he threw 5 interceptions and mustered one dashing landing, Winston is now again to beginning.
Winston stated he believes FitzMagic’s electrifying begin to the season, the place he threw for 1,230 yards in three video games, was the explanation coach Dirk Koetter was so fast to bench Winston after his dismal outing in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. In three quarters, Winston threw 4 interceptions.
“I feel we are able to return to how this season began — ‘FitzMagic’ — that was all of the speak. He was enjoying glorious,” Winston stated. “I can not communicate for Coach Koetter. I agree with him. We would like to win. And any manner our particular person selves can add to that, we’re going to strive our greatest to try this.”
However why, in his thoughts, did not Koetter chalk the Cincinnati recreation up to one dangerous day, as Winston has, and belief Winston going ahead? The 2 have been collectively for 4 years. Was he bothered by that?
“It is a week-to-week league,” Winston stated. “That is the straightforward manner I can put it. In my coronary heart, yeah, I consider I will be top-of-the-line quarterbacks within the NFL. However now we have a possibility to present that. For me to be within the ranks with these high-ranked guys, I’ve to present that persistently.”
Some have speculated that a few of Winston’s erratic play might have been linked to having a lot on his thoughts — Fitzpatrick’s record-setting begin to the season, the looming contract and repairing his picture following a three-game suspension. A league investigation decided that he violated its private conduct coverage for allegedly groping a feminine Uber driver.
“I feel that is simply been part of my actuality this 12 months,” Winston stated of his off-the-field points. “However as knowledgeable, my job is to go on the market and execute on Sundays.”
Huge receiver Mike Evans applauded the best way Winston has dealt with himself.
“He is very mentally powerful, one of many hardest guys I’ve ever been round,” Evans stated. “I do know it is a troublesome state of affairs for each of them as a result of they’re each powerful opponents they usually each need to play.”
Evans empathized with Winston, who, like him, was a prime draft decide. He wasn’t certain how he’d deal with the state of affairs himself, going from suspension, to beginning, to benching and again to beginning.
“I do not know man. It is powerful,” Evans stated. “Quarterback is the toughest place in all of staff sports activities, for my part — the issues that they’ve to take into consideration, they usually have to know what all people is doing, not simply on offense, however protection as effectively. It is powerful. It is powerful. I actually do not know what I might do if I used to be in that state of affairs.”