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Saints Sign Jameis Winston To 1 Year $1.1 Million

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  • Saints Sign Jameis Winston To 1 Year $1.1 Million

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is officially heading to the New Orleans Saints after reaching a one-year deal Tuesday.

    The deal has a base value of $1.1 million, with a salary of $952,000 and a signing bonus of $148,000. Winston can earn $3.4 million in incentives.

    Winston, 26, is hoping to experience the same type of career revival in New Orleans that Teddy Bridgewater did under the tutelage of coach Sean Payton and starting quarterback Drew Brees.

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Winston was displaced in Tampa Bay when the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady last month. Although Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019, he also became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in the same season.

    In 2019, Winston reached both his positive and negative extremes on the field in his first season under coach Bruce Arians. Turnovers have been Winston's biggest issue as a pro, as opponents scored an NFL-high 112 points off them last season. Overall, he has 111 turnovers, the most by any player in the league since 2015. Winston's 19,737 passing yards since 2015, however, rank as the seventh most in the league.

    Winston went 28-42 in his five seasons as a starter with the Bucs, completing 61.3% of his passes with 121 touchdowns and 88 interceptions.