The Indianapolis Colts appear to have solved their quarterback problem for at least the 2020 season.
They signed veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to a one-year $25 million deal.
However, the future at quarterback in Indy is unknown at the moment.
Jacoby Brissett is under contract for the 2020 season, but is a free agent after the end of the year.
There’s a few quarterback options left on the open market.
Should the Colts take the risk and bring in Jameis Winston as their future quarterback?
Winston was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2015 NFL Draft.
Sadly, things didn’t go as planned for Winston during his five seasons in Tampa Bay.
Winston showed promise, but his high turnover rate was just too much to handle.
The 2019 season appears to be his last year in Tampa Bay.
The 26-year-old is now a free agent, but his market has not been what he expected.
From the NFL combine, more pointed criticism from Bruce Arians, saying Jameis Winston is "an unknown quantity to me, still." Teams don't pay $25 million for unknown quantities. Why the Bucs don't sound like a team tagging Winston anymore: https://t.co/n3ZAIAePc1
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
Winston is reportedly looking for a deal worth $30 million per season.
Tampa Bay decided to bring in superstar quarterback Tom Brady instead of Winston.
Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t believe Winston is worth that much money.
It appears most of the NFL also believes Winston needs to lower his price tag if he wants a job in the NFL.
Winston’s 2019 Season
After four frustrating and confusing years for Bucs fans, Winston found a way to top his past performances.
Winston led the NFL in passing with 5,109 yards in 2019, but also threw a league-leading 30 interceptions.
He was able to throw a career-high 30 touchdowns, but it didn’t really matter when he was giving up the ball at such a high rate.
Winston’s 2019 season was a roller coaster and he was never able to become a reliable quarterback for Tampa Bay.
He would look fantastic one week, but would throw multiple interceptions in a row during the next game.
The Bucs decided after the season that they’ve seen enough and wanted to go another route with their organization.
Would the Colts Make Sense for Winston?
On paper, Winston would make sense for the Colts.
Rivers is only under contract for one season and isn’t exactly getting younger.
Brissett will most likely be traded or walk after the end of the 2020 season.
The Colts could draft someone, but it might take them a season or two before they would be ready to step into a starting quarterback role.
Another NFL Brainstorm…@Colts should sign Jameis Winston, trade Brissett to @Patriots. Yes I know they signed Rivers already, but let’s be real… it’s Philip Rivers & for 1 year. Jameis is only 26 so him sitting a year wouldn’t be the worst thing. Gain new exp from a vet.
— Jamie Swanke (@FantasyGM_Jamie) March 28, 2020
Winston does have talent, but he still needs to make major improvements.
Sitting behind a 16-year veteran like Rivers could do Winston some good.
His turnover rate is too high to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Winston needs to find a way to be more accurate with his deep passes.
Arm strength has never been an issue for Winston, but lack of accuracy continues to bite him.
Should the Colts Sign Winston?
At the end of the day, Winston is too inconsistent for the Colts right now.
This organization is trying to win now, so bringing in a struggling quarterback is not the answer.
This team is building for a veteran quarterback with playoff experience that can possibly lead this team deep into the playoffs.
The Colts are better off drafting someone younger and letting him sit behind Rivers for a season.
Winston has moments of success, but he’s not worth the headache for Indy.