While playoff teams like the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying the success of their franchise signal-callers, other organizations are desperately trying to find their own. This is why the upcoming free-agent class, highlighted by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater, is so intriguing.
However, of the quarterbacks who could potentially change teams this offseason, none is more fascinating than Jameis Winston.
The 2015 No. 1 overall pick is both marvelous and maddening at the same time. At just 26 years old and quite physically gifted, Winston has All-Pro potential. He also has a penchant for turning the ball over.
Winston had 33 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in 2019.
Some team will take a chance on him this offseason, hoping it can correct his mistakes and unlock his potential. However, it will take the right coach, offensive system and supporting cast for that to happen.
Here, we'll examine five teams with the pieces in place to help him thrive.
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The possibility of the Carolina Panthers becoming a landing spot for Winston will depend largely on the next head coach and what the franchise decides to do with quarterback Cam Newton.
If they move on from Newton—a trade is possible, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport—then Winston could be a perfect replacement.
Kyle Allen was a serviceable starter in 2019, but Winston has the skill set to take advantage of Carolina's roster. The Panthers have an All-Pro running back in Christian McCaffrey, a true No. 1 receiver in DJ Moore and a reliable veteran tight end in Greg Olsen.
Winston would have plenty of quality targets in the passing game, but McCaffrey's presence means he wouldn't have to carry the offense as he did in Tampa Bay. The running back, who produced 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards in 2019, would take a ton of pressure off the quarterback. In theory, that would lead to fewer forced throws.
Winston's ability to attack all areas of the field would also aid McCaffrey. Defensive concern about the deep ball would open more running lanes and underneath routes.
Financially, adding Winston is feasible even though the Panthers are projected to have just $27 million in cap space. Moving Newton would free up another $21.1 million. Carolina could then sign Winston to a competitive deal and still have room to play in free agency.