Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians believes Jameis Winston would be a “great fit” on many NFL rosters — even if the former No. 1 overall pick was Tampa Bay’s third choice this offseason.
After five seasons of Winston’s inconsistency, the Buccaneers moved on and left their former franchise quarterback a still-unsigned unrestricted free agent, while landing future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Arians was incredibly critical of Winston’s play during and after the quarterback became the first in NFL history with at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions this past season. But now Arians said he’s talked with NFL teams about signing Winston, who the coach claims would have been welcomed back to Tampa Bay if the team couldn’t sign Brady or Teddy Bridgewater.
“I talked to two teams. I think it was just to (tell them) get him on your roster and it would be a great fit,” Arians said on “The Rich Eisen Show.”
“One team was not interested and the other one was, ‘Thank you for calling.’ I called a couple teams [and told them] you’re going to get one of the hardest workers you’ve ever had, and a great young man. It didn’t work out for us only because Tom Brady was available, and we had Teddy Bridgewater if that hadn’t worked out — we were going full steam back with Jameis. He’s a great young man and nobody’s going to outwork him.”