Chicago Bears Scenario No. 4: Sign Jameis Winston to a two-year contract
Jameis Winston joined the New Orleans Saints this season after throwing for the infamous “30 for 30” (30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He hoped to get solid experience behind one of the greatest of all time in Drew Brees while learning from one of the best offensive-minded coaches in Sean Payton.
He then saw Brees go down to injury and Payton preferred gadget-player Taysom Hill to Winston. That had to have hurt their relationship as Hill had never started a game before. The Saints intend on bringing him back, but he would have to compete with Hill to start. The Bears should make a push for him with a promise to start.
Winston isn’t the best option, but he would come fairly cheap. The Bears could sign him to a slightly cheaper Teddy Bridgewater deal (three-years, $63 million). I could see the Bears signing him for two-years $35 million with a potential out after the first season. This would be a prove-it deal for Winston.
- Jameis Winston
- Nick Foles
- Kellen Mond
In this scenario, I would love the Bears to get Kellen Mond. He could learn behind two different type of quarterbacks and potentially even play if they both get on a cold streak. Winston may not be a safe option at quarterback, but he isn’t afraid to sling the ball and the Bears could use that with their deep threat in Darnell Mooney.