Jameis Winston is still the most accomplished QB in team history, but the Bucs were right.
Jameis Winston is easily one of the most polarizing figures to ever play for the Buccaneers. From being the first-overall pick in the draft to leading the NFL in passing yards and interceptions, there always seemed to be something to fuel the other side’s argument against or for Winston.
This polarization never stopped amongst the fanbase. Winston’s supporters would follow him to the gates of Hell and back, while those who disliked him made it very clear before he ever played a down in Tampa.
This divide has been a significant cause for concern within the fanbase. Some of the more fervent supporters of Winston actually stopped following the Buccaneers after his departure, which should show how much part of the franchise was able to get behind him. How many players across the league could cause fans to leave their favorite team to support a division rival after leaving?
Winston’s legacy will forever live in Tampa. The narrative asking where the Buccaneers would be today if they kept Winston will follow this team throughout the offseason. Brady did throw three interceptions in the NFC Championship, after all.
Winston still has the potential to be a starting quarterback in the NFL and should get a decent shot somewhere in 2021 as the lead man again, but the Buccaneers were right to move on for Tom Brady.