Saints bringing back Jameis Winston after pursuit of Deshaun Watson falls flat

Winston was injured for most of the 2021 season

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The New Orleans Saints couldn’t land Deshaun Watson, so they’ll turn to Jameis Winston to be the main man under center … again.

Per multiple reports, Winston and the Saints are closing in on a two-year contract agreement that will keep Winston in New Orleans. That is where he played last season, and in this year of QB craziness, it’s nice to see a little stability.

"Still details to be worked through but trending in the right direction," ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote of the new contract. "Winston and the Saints set to build off last year’s 5-2 start together."

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) runs off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. The Saints won 23-21.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) runs off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. The Saints won 23-21. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

Of course, this so-called stability wasn’t by design. The Saints were all in on Watson before he was traded to the Browns. So were the Falcons, and they traded their own QB, Matt Ryan, to the Colts. In other words, in most cases, when you make it known you want someone else at quarterback, it’s generally wise to get rid of the guy from last season.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson walks off the field before the team's NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston on Jan. 3, 2021.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson walks off the field before the team's NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston on Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

But not the Saints. They’re clearly all in on Winston. Is he the long-term answer? Who knows, who cares, and at least they have someone taking snaps who is familiar with the system.

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field on October 25, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field on October 25, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The fact Winston was willing to come back after the Saints’ strong flirtations with Watson also shows that Winston realizes he still has something to prove. As is the case with any man in that situation, his goal is likely to prove that the Saints didn’t need Watson, anyway.

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For the Saints, that can only be considered a good thing.