There are a multitude of decisions Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht and his staff will be making in the near future. One he clarified on Monday was the decision to retain quarterback Jameis Winston.
The soon-to-be 25-year-old quarterback was in the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2018 with a fifth-year option that the Bucs picked up before the season started. The option, however, was only guaranteed against injury and whether or not Winston would be in red and pewter next year hung in the balance until Licht’s press conference on Monday.
“Jameis Winston will be here – we have him under contract for a year,” Licht said. “[He] has accomplished more than most of the elite quarterbacks have at his age through that time span [in their careers]. There’s a lot to like about Jameis.”
Winston is already a fixture in the Bucs’ record books after his first four seasons with the franchise. Just this past Sunday, Winston broke the Bucs’ record for most games with four or more touchdown passes when he had his fourth such game, surpassing Brad Johnson’s previous record of three. Winston also sits in the league’s top ten for most passing yards and most touchdowns by a player through his first four seasons, amassing 14,628 total yards and 88 touchdowns in that span.