QB Jameis Winston returning to Saints on amended deal

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Quarterback Jameis Winston is finalizing a deal to return to the New Orleans Saints, he instructed CBS Sports, a transfer that retains him with the crew as a backup on a revised contract.

Winston, who was set to make $12.8 million in base wage within the ultimate yr of a two-year extension he signed in 2022, will signal an amended contract for one yr and $4 million, with incentives bringing the potential complete worth of the deal to $8 million, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Winston’s new deal will release extra cap room for the Saints, who entered the offseason greater than $50 million over the 2023 wage cap. They have whittled that quantity down after a sequence of restructures to get cap compliant by the beginning of the brand new league yr Wednesday.

The Saints proposed a brand new contract to Winston final week after agreeing to a four-year take care of former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on March 6. Winston had till Wednesday to conform to the deal or be launched, with $5.8 million of his wage as a consequence of turn into assured Friday.

Had Winston been launched, he probably would have saved $4.4 million towards the wage cup as a typical lower, or $12.8 million if the Saints had chosen to provide him a post-June 1 launch designation.

The Saints gave Winston a brand new deal final March after making an attempt and failing to amass former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Winston entered the summer time because the anticipated starter despite the fact that he was rehabbing from a torn ACL.

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Winston recovered from the ACL tear in time to take part in coaching camp, however again and foot accidents early within the season restricted him to solely three video games in 2023. Saints coach Dennis Allen mentioned he initially sat Winston in Week 4 to let him heal, however Winston by no means received his beginning job again from Andy Dalton, even when he was deemed wholesome sufficient to play later within the season.

Winston’s 2022 season was additionally lower quick after he suffered the ACL tear towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Halloween. Winston, who was drafted No. 1 total by the Buccaneers in 2015, has not began a full season since he went 7-9 in 2019, his ultimate season in Tampa.

Dalton is about to turn into a free agent after beginning 14 video games for the Saints final yr. If Dalton doesn’t re-sign, Winston might be heading into the 2023 season as Carr’s backup. Winston signed with the Saints as considered one of Drew Brees’ backups in the course of the 2020 season, however didn’t begin any video games. Taysom Hill crammed in for Brees when he was injured.

Winston gained the beginning job over Hill in coaching camp after Brees retired in 2021. Hill was moved to the tight finish room previous to the 2022 season.

Winston has began 10 video games throughout his three seasons in New Orleans, finishing 61% of his passes for two,103 yards and 18 touchdowns, with eight interceptions.