If Jameis Winston is not to be re-signed then he will have ended his Buccaneers careers the same way it started; a pick-six. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the toss and elected to receive in overtime; Winston takes the snap, tosses it up to Cameron Brate and it goes 28 yards in the opposite direction to pay dirt. Falcons win.
On September 13th, 2015 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the Tennessee Titans in Raymond James Stadium. I was there and it was hotter than hell, but there was no way I was going to miss a #1 and a #2 overall 2015 NFL draft picks battle it out on the same football field. Especially when it was their first game. Titans get the ball to start the game, Mariota and company score with ease, Jameis Winston attempts the first pass of his NFL career and it is a pick-six.
Winston did some great things on Sunday. He capped off a historic season. He set every franchise record for passing, he became the 8th QB in NFL history to throw for 5,000k yards in a single-season. He became the first QB to throw for over 30 TDs and 30 INTs in a single-season. He was also this year’s NFL passing leader. A tough decision is to be made on whether Winston will be back in a Bucs uniform next year or not, but I see him back for at least one more season.
Shaquil Barrett virtually comes out of nowhere and does exactly what I and the Bucs Life News staff believed he would do, fill a specialty role and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. We figured he would have a productive season, but not of the 19.5 sack variety, we thought more in the 8-10 kind. So glad we were wrong. Shaq now owns the Buccaneers franchise single-season sack record, which was previously owned by Warren Sapp (16.5). Barrett will be another priority to re-sign this offseason; maybe even to a long-term-cap-friendly deal.
The season wasn’t pretty, but it sure was exciting. Now that the season is over for Tampa Bay, the real work begins.