The New Orleans Saints still looked the most likely to return to Jameis Winston as a quarterback for 2022. However, the team was heavily involved in pursuing Deshaun Watson.
Winston admitted he was a bit upset with the Saints’ public flirtation with Watson. However, he is now grateful that the process has forced him and the Saints to have “difficult conversations” about how the team views him.
“I think that was the best part of this free agency process with me was because there were a bunch of tough conversations that I had with our coaches and with people on the business side of everything,” Winston said, via Katherine Terrell of The Athletic. . “And I know that if their pursuit of Deshaun hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have been able to have this growth and these conversations with people in important positions. So I’m grateful that everything went as it should. , because we had to have difficult conversations. We had to have conversations that I probably didn’t want to have or that they didn’t want to have. But it has ended up leading to this now.
Part of the problem for Winston was not just the pursuit of Watson, but the fact that the team had a new head coach in Dennis Allen. Winston wanted to know how the Saints viewed him and whether he still had the confidence of the team’s coaching staff.
Reports consistently indicated that the Saints were going to bring Winston back very well. They had to see if they could land Watson, who is a superior quarterback. When they didn’t have it, they were able to go back to their safe secondary option. Winston seems to understand this.
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