Jameis Winston is heading for a big payday with the Bucs. He's played well enough to make that an easy decision. But what impact will that have on the type of players they surround him with? The Bucs are expected to exercise the fifth-year option on Winston's contract by the May 2 deadline. Because Winston was the first overall pick in 2015, the salary for the fifth season in 2019 would likely cost the Bucs about $20.6 million, but that figure could go higher. It's only guaranteed against injury and doesn't impact the salary cap until the first day of the 2019 league year. Winston is entering his fourth season, so the fifth-year option is a no-brainer. The last thing the Bucs want is for Winston to become an unrestricted free agent after 2018. There's been no talks between the Bucs and Winston's agent. But trust me, it's going to happen. Even so, the Bucs have to plan for that and more. The more you spend on the quarterback position, the less there is to allocate for other positions. Eventually, Winston's contract will impact the team's ability to retain their core of young players.
Jameis Winston is about to get a big pay raise. It will cost the Bucs more than money
Tampa Bay Times | Feb 17