Washington Commanders QB option No. 3: Jameis Winston
A former No. 1 overall pick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jameis Winston had a 2019 season that was incredibly interesting. He led the NFL in yardage that year with 5,109 passing yards and had 33 touchdowns. The problem is, he also led the league with 30 interceptions — the first player to have 30 of each.
Winston then became a free agent, joining countless other Tampa Bay quarterbacks who didn’t receive a second contract. Of course, he was replaced by Tom Brady who won a Super Bowl, so it’s hard to beat up on him too much for that.
Following a season on the bench with the New Orleans Saints, Winston won the starting job in 2021 and started out really well. He led them to a 5-2 start and while he completed just 59 percent of his throws, he did have 1,170 yards with a solid 14-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Sadly, an ACL and MCL injury ended his season and he’s now set for free agency. New Orleans might want him back but with head coach Sean Payton retiring, nothing is guaranteed. Should he hit the open market, the Commanders would be wise to see if he’s interested in playing in the nation’s capital. He might not be an elite player but Winston can win games and would be an upgrade.