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2020-04-29

Jameis Winston says room with Saints QB is like a Harvard education

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Jameis Winston seems excited to join his new team, a newly signed Saints quarterback.

"Being a part of the New Orleans Saints - being part of Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, Sean Payton, coach Joe Lombardi, coach Pete Carmichael Jr .- when you think of that room, that's like a quarterback school Harvard education," Winston said Tuesday during an appearance with Charlie's Chalk Talk on Instagram Live. "So I wanted to put aside my ego - set aside the money - to think about my family, to think about my career.

"And there was no better position than being in the same room with someone I really looked up to, who I admired since I played this game, in Drew Brees."

Tuesday the Saints announced they have signed Winston officially. Although the terms of the deal were not officially announced, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that the deal was "very economical." Winston was not reportedly guaranteed to be the No. 2 quarterback of New Orleans, as he would compete against both Taysom Hill and Tommy Stevens' seventh-round draft in 2020. Brees will be the team's starter again, as veteran QB has also reached a two-year extension this offseason with New Orleans.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday that Winston turned down a more lucrative offer elsewhere to have the chance to learn from Brees instead.

Mike Triplett Tuesday, Brees told ESPN that he is "excited to have [Winston] in the QB room." "He's got a lot of talent and a bright future," Brees said. "I've heard a lot of good stuff about his work ethic and game love."

Winston, 26, had spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Buccaneers, who first drafted the Florida State product in the 2015 NFL Draft overall.

Winston threw for nearly 20,000 career yards through five seasons at Tampa Bay, but his accuracy proved to be a concern throughout. He ended the year last season with 5,109 yards passing, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He was the fifth quarterback to throw 30 interceptions in a season but the first to throw 30 or more touchdowns and 30 or more interceptions in league history.

The decision by the Buccaneers to move on from Winston comes as a result of this offseason's team signing six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

"I did some great things with the Bucs. I'll miss being a starting quarterback," said Winston. "But you never know what's going on. I think it's just a great and unique step to join Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and learn from one of the best in my career."

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