“Bruce Arians isn’t fine with it” Rick Stroud believes that Tampa’s head coach wants nothing to do with Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians needs to find himself a quarterback this offseason with Tom Brady out of the picture. That won't be very easy given the lack of quality in the draft and free agency but he reportedly wants nothing to do with the best available free-agent quarterback.

Bruce Arians and Jameis Winston
Bruce Arians and Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in a very different position in the 2022 offseason from where they were in 2021. At that time, they were coming off a Super Bowl win and armed with a great roster that was poised to make a run at a repeat. Now, they don’t even have a quarterback for 2022.

With Tom Brady announcing his retirement earlier this year, Tampa now has to find a replacement in the offseason and their choices aren’t exactly the best. The upcoming draft doesn’t seem likely to produce a very high-level quarterback and even if it did, the Bucs are picking at #27. They’ll find it difficult to find their long-time starter in the draft this year but it still wouldn’t be surprising if they did pick a quarterback, just not in the first round.

Bruce Arians
Bruce Arians

In terms of free agency, the top available quarterbacks are could be the likes of Mitch Trubisky and Blaine Gabbert. So going to free agency may not work out for them. There is one free agent that definitely stands out, namely, Jameis Winston. However, it seems that Bruce Arians wants no part in reuniting Winston with the Bucs.

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Rick Stroud reports that Bruce Arians is likely not going to bring in Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians
Bruce Arians

In an appearance on the ‘Rich Eisen Show’, Rick Stroud claimed “Jameis is looking for work right now and I know his dad has talked with people and said he’d be fine coming back to Tampa. I don’t think Bruce Arians would be fine with it. Been there done that.”

Stroud further added “Bruce had reached his limit with Jameis Winston, so it’ll be hard. At the end of the day, if he goes out there in week 1 or week 2 and throws a pick 6, what’s everybody saying? Would he even have a chance here with the fanbase? I don’t think that they would go that direction.”

If Bruce Arians does decide to go a different route, it’s possible he looks to the trade option. Guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Wentz are very likely to hit the trade block but the drawback with that is giving up draft capital or players. For Wentz, he had an acceptable season in Indianapolis but collapsed late on and Garoppolo works at his best with a team that likes to run a lot, which Tampa doesn’t do.

It’s difficult for the Bucs to find a quarterback this offseason. In the 2 years that Brady played for them, he made them a winning franchise and once you taste success, you don’t want to go back to mediocrity. They may have to if they can’t find a long-term quarterback this offseason, however.

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