Jameis Winston officially signs 1-year deal with Saints, team says

Jameis Winston is officially a member of the New Orleans Saints.

The team announced on Tuesday that they agreed on a one-year contract with the unrestricted free agent quarterback. The announcement was made by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

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Winston will compete for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with Taysom Hill -- who the Saints signed to a two-year deal worth $21 million earlier in the week -- and will have an opportunity to take over for future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees as soon as 2021. Winston should land the No. 2 job, especially since the Saints have seemed reluctant to give the job to Hill because of his roles as a runner, receiver, and special teams player.

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Last season, his final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston threw for 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, but he turned the ball over a total of 35 times (30 interceptions and five lost fumbles). The Buccaneers decided to move on from Winston, and they chose to sign Tom Brady earlier this offseason.

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Winston is the first quarterback since the 1970 merger to change teams after leading the NFL in passing yards the previous season, but maybe a change of scenery is what’s best for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft.

He could sit a year and learn not only from one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history, but also from one of the best offensive minds in head coach Sean Payton.