Buccaneers Pickup Fifth-Year Option on QB Jameis Winston

Published: April 17th, 2018
By Buccaneers Gab

Jameis Winston is headed for a big pay day after this season, whether he gets a contract extension or not, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Bucs on Tuesday picked up the fifth-year option on Winston’s rookie contract worth $20.9 million for 2019. The deal is not guaranteed except against injury.

Winston, the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL draft, signed a four-year, $25.3-million contract that included a fifth-year club option.

He stands to make $8.06 million in 2018 salary and bonuses, ranking him 26th among quarterbacks and 250th among NFL players.

If Winston were to play under the fifth year option of about $20.1-million, it would rank 13th in average salary per year among quarterbacks. There are currently 17 NFL quarterbacks earning more than $20-million.

At 24, Winston is entering his fourth season, having passed for 11,636 yards with 69 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. But his team has never reached the postseason. Winston went 6-10, 9-7 and 3-10 as a starter. He missed three games last season with a shoulder injury and fell less than 500 yards shy of passing for 4,000 yards for the third straight season.

The Bucs are likely to attempt to negotiate a long-term deal before the start of 2019.

“It’s exciting to start the fourth year, especially with my teammates, my class coming in,” Winston said Monday. “Donovan (Smith) has a big year coming up, Ali (Marpet) has a big year coming up, and obviously, I have a huge year coming up. And seeing guys like Cam (Brate) and Mike (Evans) — they reap what they sow. I mean, they got huge contracts but it’s what you said at the end.

“It’s about that postseason, man. It’s about getting some wins together, it’s about bringing this community behind us, it’s about really changing this culture around here and we’re taking strides to that but now it’s time to get it done.”

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