Jameis Winston went on NFL Network’s Total Access and dropped some nuggets regarding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their future.
In a media outlet more professional that Jameis Winston’s last interview on Instagram Live, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback joined Total Access on NFL Network on Friday night. While he was on the show, Winston made some interesting comments that could pertain to the future of the team.
As FanSided’s Matt Verderame reported last week, Winston and wide receiver are not the best of friends as Jackson tended to initiate most of the conflict. Later in his report, Verderame also stated that Jackson was also unwilling to take a pay cut and could ultimately lead to his departure from Tampa Bay.
While on Total Access, Winston was asked about his relationship with the veteran receiver:
"“The thing about having a guy like DeSean Jackson, he’s passionate, he wants to win. When you have a guy like that, winning and losing really separates how he’s going to react… If we were winning he’s a selfless individual and he’s fine… I hope he comes back.” (via NFL Network)"
It will be interesting to see whether or not Jason Licht agrees with Winston and decides to keep Jackson around for another season. However, with only $1.7 million in cap space at this point, Jackson’s $10 million salary could come in handy when free agency begins.
In addition to discussing his relationship with Jackson, Winston was also asked about the future of the Buccaneers and what to expect once free agency starts. In particular, Winston stated that if he could have any free agent in Tampa Bay in 2019, it would be superstar running back Le’Veon Bell.
This may be turning the corner from rumor and crazy speculation to the potential to have some truth to it. This is not the first time that Bell has been linked to the Buccaneers, and it will certainly not be the last.
With free agency less than a week away, so much uncertainty surrounds a Buccaneers roster that accounts for all but $1.7 million of Tampa Bay’s cap space. While the Bucs’ roster may not look much different than it did in 2018, eyes must be peeled as news could drop at any time.