Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing yards last season (5,109) but threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ dreams came true when Tom Brady chose to sign with them in free agency. Not only did that decision give them a future Hall of Famer, but it also closed the book on Jameis Winston’s Bucs career — for now.

Winston, whom the Buccaneers selected No. 1 overall in 2015, is a free agent and still on the market. He led the NFL in passing yards last season (5,109) but threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

The interceptions and bad play by Winston at the end of the season soured Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on the young quarterback.

“For Jameis, for me, it was the regression in the last two ballgames with the interceptions. It was disheartening because he made progress, then he regressed,” Arians said in an interview with Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network last week.

Arians told Tiki and Tierney that he thinks Winston would be best served as a backup quarterback next season.

“Get him somewhere as a backup for now,” Arians suggested for Winston. Somewhere he can sit and learn the system. Somewhere either with an older guy he can take over next year or compete with a young guy now.”

Many available spots around the NFL have filled up, leaving many to believe Winston won’t have a starting job next season, which Arians thinks is best. However, don’t expect Winston to swap teams with Brady and join the Patriots, because that reportedly is not happening.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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