Bill Cowher thinks Jameis Winston could be a ‘great fit’ for Steelers

(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) Jameis Winston
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) Jameis Winston /

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher recently commented on the possibility of his old team signing free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston.

Despite the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return as the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020, there has still been plenty of chatter on whether or not the team should pursue current free-agent passer Jameis Winston this year.

With Roethlisberger likely only having a season or two of good football left in him at 38-years-old, some feel the Steelers should bring in Winston as his eventual replacement.

If Pittsburgh were to actually sign the free-agent quarterback this year, they would be bringing him in to be the backup next season. So that’s something that could probably be a dealbreaker if Winston would rather compete for a starting job elsewhere.

Of those in favor of the Steelers signing the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, add former Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher to the list. Cowher recently appeared on CBS Sports Radio and he was asked if Winston would be a good fit for the black and gold.

"“I think it would be a great fit. If he’s willing to accept that one year sitting behind Ben (Roethlisberger). And maybe it’s two years.”"

Cowher also added the biggest obstacle for the Steelers to overcome in order to land Winston would be for them to convince the young quarterback to sit for possibly the next two years of his career and likely make less than he could somewhere else.

If Winston was only a season or two into his NFL career, it might make sense for him to sign with Pittsburgh and sit for a little bit to work on some of the weaknesses in his game. But he’s not and time might actually be running out for him to maintain a job as a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL.

If the Steelers could give Winston a guarantee that he will be their starter in 2021, then they might be able to convince him to sign with them this year. But it doesn’t seem like that’s a promise Pittsburgh could make right now even if they wanted to.

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Now, if Winston ends up remaining a free agent for the next few weeks, then he might have to consider taking a backup role for next season. If this ends up happening, then him being on the 2020 Steelers roster is much easier to imagine.