Buccaneers: Jameis Winston’s LASIK eye surgery increases re-signing chances

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images) /

The rumors circulating over the last few weeks were true. It was confirmed that Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston did have an eye procedure.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans were intrigued last week to see QB Jameis Winston post on Instagram a picture of himself wearing oversized sunglasses that looked similar to LASIK eye glasses worn after a procedure.

While rumors circulated on whether or not Winston had actually gone through a procedure or not, it was confirmed by Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud Wednesday that he did, in fact, have a corrective procedure done on his eyes.

Winston’s spokesperson Denise White said that Winston made the decision to help him have every advantage possible as a quarterback.

"“Jameis did not want to count out any options that he had that could possibly help him with the game he loves so much. He doesn’t want to miss out on any opportunity that presents itself,” White told the Tampa Bay Times. “This is the game he loves and he wants to be the best at it and if there are any options that can improve his game, he is willing to do it.”"

The Buccaneers shouldn’t have to worry about the quarterback squinting on the sidelines to see the scoreboard or having trouble looking downfield any longer.

The possibility of Winston having corrective eye surgery has been considered for quite a while, but it is certainly a promising sign that he decided to undergo the procedure to give himself any advantage possible.

What does this mean moving forward?

Well, this does nothing but increase the chances that the Buccaneers bring Winston back for another season. The organization and Winston have had several conversations over the years about things he can improve upon and his eyes have always been near the top of the list.

With him having this procedure, he is sending a clear message to the Buccaneers that he is serious about the game and wants to improve.

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No matter what Tampa Bay was leaning towards doing before the procedure, it’s clear that the organization will at least have to take another look at Winston and will be more strongly considering him than they were previously. If there were an 80 percent chance that the Buccaneers re-signed Winston  before the procedure, then that chance just increased to around 85 percent with the news of the corrective surgery.