The biggest question going around the NFL right now is what will happen to Jameis Winston next? First, we need to take you back to why this is even a question.
Sometime in March 2016, a female Uber driver responded to a request by Jameis Winston in Scottdale, Arizona. At the time Jameis Winston was said to be intoxicated and called the driver to make sure he made it home safely. Winston sat in the front seat with the Uber Driver as she took him on his route. During the trip, Winston and the driver stopped by a fast food restaurant. While both Winston and the driver were sitting in the drive-thru, Winston allegedly touched the female driver between her legs.
The female Uber driver then reported to Uber soon after the alleged situation happened. Uber quickly went into action by suspending Jameis Winston’s Uber account. However, Arizona Police claim that the female driver did not report the situation to them at the time that it happened.
The NFL sent a letter to the Uber driver in November of 2017, stating that they would begin to investigate the situation. The NFL also claims that since the Uber Driver reported the situation the night of, that it was credible and was enough to suspend Jameis Winston.
Fast forward to now, Jameis Winston has not touched a snap for the 2018 season. However a Quarterback has stepped up to fill-in the role as the starting quarterback. RYAN FITZPATRICK.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has started off the season with back to back 300+ yard games, as well as leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 2-0 record. Under the play of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in 1st place in the NFC South division.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick coming into the season with the hot hand and teammates like Desean Jackson making remarks like “He’s been playing on fire right now. With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You know what I’m saying? You can’t take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It’s like ‘NBA Jam’ – whoever’s got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man”, this makes it very hard for a suspended Winston to come back in as a starter.
With Desean Jackson having already the same amount of touchdowns as last season as well as having already 1/3 the amount of his total receiving yards last year, in only two games thus far. The Fitz-Magic and Jackson combination seems to be working very well.
So with Fitzpatrick hot and Jameis Winston suspended, what will the future hold for Winston?
Winston is in his last year of his contract, Tampa Bay however has place a $20,922,000 fifth year contract option on Jameis Winston for the 2019 season. From the looks of things however, it can be believed that Winston may not be returning in which he will become a free agent by 2020.