Have the Buccaneers seen the last of Jameis Winston?
Breakups usually happen because the two sides no longer see eye to eye. Usually, breakups are for the best. Rarely does someone going back to their ex work in the long run. With that being said, how should the Buccaneers handle their most controversial ex; Jameis Winston?
Winston left Tampa not because the Bucs and Bruce Arians hated him, but because Tom Brady was on the table. How many teams wouldn’t move on from their starter for Brady?
Regardless, the decision was made and the rest was history. The Buccaneers won their ring, Winston showed that he was able to limit the turnovers in New Orleans, and the status of both entities has made a conversation start up that no one should have expected:
Could Winston come back to Tampa? An article by John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times seems to see an upside.
Should he? No. Winston absolutely showed improvements with the Saints and rightfully got away from the interceptions narrative, but why would he want to come back to a team that moved on from him? Sure, Tampa was the team that drafted him, but there are reasons why Winston would probably rather stick it out in New Orleans.
As for the Bucs, they probably shouldn’t want this either. If Winston comes back it is to start. There is likely not a quarterback competition unless it is between Kyle Trask and Blaine Gabbert, and bringing Winston back to start over Trask opens the front office up to some serious questions.
Why would they not trust Trask enough to start him after giving him a year to sit and learn? How many years does he need? Why would Tampa draft him if it’s going to take so long to see him play?
The Bucs didn’t have a perfect draft class in 2021, and not even giving Trask a chance after gushing over him during the process makes absolutely no sense.
No, the Buccaneers made their decision and they need to live with it. Winston may have turned the corner, but when players leave under similar circumstances, they rarely come back.
Plus, who would actually want to deal with the back and forth again every single week if Winston did put back on the pewter and red. Bucs fans are already on edge enough. Adding Winston to the mix only causes a civil war to break out after every single game.
However, as the article clearly said, there is a need for both of the parties. Can you really rule anything out? The hard answer to that is no.
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