Jameis Winston is still available on the free-agent market and a prediction was recently made that has the young quarterback signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston is still looking to sign with a team for the 2020 season. With how long he’s remained available, it’s getting to the point where Winston might have to consider joining a team in which he either has to compete for a starting job or he serves as the No. 2 signal-caller on the depth chart.
With Ben Roethlisberger presumed to be back as the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season, this would not be a team that could offer Winston the opportunity to compete for the top job under center in 2020.
However, signing with the Steelers might actually be the best decision for the young free-agent quarterback to make at this point in his NFL career.
NFL.com’s Nick Shook is one who believes Winston will end up in Pittsburgh this offseason. Shook recently predicted the landing spots for some of the top free agents who are still unsigned and he has the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers passer ending up with the Steelers.
He doesn’t think Winston will challenge Roethlisberger for Pittsburgh’s starting job. But Shook doesn’t think it’s a bad idea for the Steelers to pick up the former Bucs quarterback to potentially be Roethlisberger’s replacement one day.
It’s not a terrible thought at all. The only problem is convincing Winston that he should sit on the bench for a year or two before getting another opportunity to start.
However, Roethlisberger is coming off a pretty severe elbow injury and Winston might be intrigued to sign with Pittsburgh based on the fact that he could potentially get some starts in 2020 if Big Ben has to miss some time due to injury.
Despite Winston’s tendency to frequently turn the ball over during his first few years in the NFL, he still has a tremendous amount of potential and plenty of time to turn things around considering he’s just 26-years-old.
Winston could potentially be the guy to replace Roethlisberger as the Steelers’ next franchise quarterback. The young signal-caller just has to be okay with being a backup for a season or two, but this could also be the determining factor that prevents him from signing a deal with Pittsburgh.