Jameis Winston was replaced by one Hall of Fame quarterback, but perhaps he could be the eventual replacement for another.
The 26-year-old quarterback is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.
Terms of the deal have not yet been specified, but with the Saints’ limited cap space it figures to be economical.
Winston, who led the NFL in passing yards and interceptions last season, may still have to battle for the backup spot behind 41-year-old Drew Brees, though.
Per Robinson, Winston will likely battle Taysom Hill, whom the Saints also signed to a one-year contract, for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. New Orleans drafted Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Friday, who has many similarities to Hill.
There also still remains the possibility the Saints carry three quarterbacks, as they did last year with Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Hill, since Hill can be used in a variety of roles and Winston would be the more traditional backup quarterback.
In fact, Hill has attempted just 13 passes over the last two seasons and has been used more primarily as a runner or receiver with the offense.
It may even be possible that Winston, along with Hill, could be considered as the heir to Brees, who is under contract for two more years, but could very well still decide to retire after the 2020 season.
While the Saints seem to like Hill's potential, Winston has shown he can be among the best in the league if he can cut down his turnovers.
He is a former first-round pick who threw for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season with the Bucs, but his turnover rate is what cost him his job, throwing for 30 interceptions and losing five of 12 fumbles.
With a deep free agent pool of quarterbacks and strong draft class, Winston was unable to find a starting role after the Bucs decided to move on from him and sign Tom Brady.
Joining the Saints could prove to be fruitful for Winston if he follows the trajectory of Bridgewater, who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Carolina Panthers after two seasons as a backup in New Orleans.