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NFL Free Agency: Jameis Winston re-signs with Saints on one-year, $8M contract

Chandler Vessels03/13/23
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Quarterback Jameis Winston has re-signed with the New Orleans Saints, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. It is a one-year contract worth $8 million.

Winston has spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, but played just 14 games as he struggled with injuries. The Saints signed former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr this offseason, so it appears Jameis Winston will be the backup in 2023.

A former No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Winston spent the first five seasons of his pro career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019, his final season in Tampa Bay, the quarterback led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing in addition to 33 touchdowns, but also threw a league-high 30 interceptions.

Winston played his college ball at Florida State, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Seminoles to a BCS National Championship in 2013. In his two seasons as starter, he threw for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

More on the 2023 NFL offseason, free agency

The NFL 2023 calendar year is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on March 15 when contracts running through 2022 will officially run out, making those players free agents. Prior to the beginning of free agency, teams will have a chance to designate one franchise or transition tag player, starting on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET and ending on March 7. Beginning March 13 through March 15 teams will be allowed a legal negotiation with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.

In addition to NFL free agency, the new year also marks the beginning of all trades being made official by the league office. April 21 marks the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets while April 26 marks the deadline for teams to match restricted free agent offers sheets. 722 players are slated to become free agents in 2023.

More on restricted, exclusive rights free agents

Players with only three years of accredited NFL experience become restricted free agents. Their original team will have the option to apply first-round, second-round, original-round, and right-of-fight-of-first-refusal tenders on players at escalating price tags. The higher the round, the more expensive the tender amount; however, if a separate team does offer a contract and the original team does not match that round pick will be conveyed from the new team to the original team. Right of first refusal only gives a team the option to match or not. If they don’t match, they get nothing in return. An original-round tender would send a draft pick from whatever round the player was drafted back to the original team if they chose not to match. The original team will have five days to match once a player signs an offer sheet from a new team.