Bucs, Winston agree to terms on four-year contract
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with top pick Jameis Winston.
The two sides didn’t waste any time coming to terms on a deal less than 24 hours after the Bucs selected the former Florida State quarterback with the first pick in the 2015 National Football League draft.
According to a published report the contract is worth $23.35 million over a four-year period. The signing bonus is worth an estimated $16.7 million.
Winston, who stands 6’4” and weighs 230 pounds, won 26 of 27 starts with the Seminoles during his two seasons in Tallahassee. He completed 562 of 841 passes (66.8%) for 7,964 yards with 65 touchdowns and 28 picks.
The Bessmer, Alabama native also carried the ball 145 times for 284 yards and seven Tds. In 2013 Winston won the Heisman Trophy as he led the Noles to an undefeated season that culminated in a National Championship.
Winston says he can’t wait to get started in Tampa.
“I’ve been up under a microscope for the past two years like no one else,” he said during a news conference on Friday to announce the contract signing. “I’m ready to play football. I’m ready to get involved in the community, I’m ready to just do positive things and move forward.”
Winston is the youngest Heisman Trophy winner at age 20. He will wear #3 for Tampa Bay.
“That was my first number ever,” he explained. “So I just look at it as a new beginning. I high school I wore #8, in college I wore #5, and five plus three is eight and five minus three is two, you know? Addition and subtraction.”
During his two seasons under center for FSU, he set national, conference and school records. In 2013, he posted a 184.84 passer efficiency rating – the 4th best mark in NCAA history, also FSU and Atlantic Coast Conference records.
Winston also holds ACC career records for passing yards per game – 295 – as well as touchdown passes per game – 2.41.
He says he can’t wait to begin working with Bucs wideouts Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
“Oh my man. That’s another important thing that I’m blessed to be a Buc,” Winston said. “I had Kelvin Benjamin at Florida State, but now I got two of ‘em! Two 6-foot-5 receivers and that’s a blessing.”