There has been much secrecy surrounding the impending decision on quarterback Jameis Winston. It is believed the Buccaneers will be bringing him back but it is unclear if it’ll be on a franchise tag or a long-term deal.
However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bucs will have Winston back under center for 2020 and it may come in the form of either the franchise tag or the transition tag.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to bring back quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2020 season, sources say.
But the mechanism they will use to do it remains undecided. Either way, Winston is slated to get tagged in some form.
Per Rapoport, the CBA allows for teams to use both tags in the offseason. Referencing Tampa Bay’s pass rusher Shaquil Barrett, Rapoport says that the Bucs can use either tag on one another. The difference will come in the form of compensation if another team signs them to an offer sheet the Bucs can’t match.
Another team can sign a franchise player to an offer sheet, but must surrender two first-round picks (or work out a trade, as happened last year with Dee Ford and Jadeveon Clowney). Teams issuing transition tags receive no compensation if they can’t match the offer sheet.
The franchise tag for QBs is projected to be about $27 million, while the transition tag would be $25 million. For a linebacker, the franchise tag is slated to be almost $16 million, while the transition should be almost $14 million.
The figures for the tags are not overpriced. Many projected a yearly average for Winston being what the franchise tag averages out to be. While that may look like too much for some, that is the correct figure for a good starting quarterback nowadays.
Tampa Bay has an interesting decision to make. And whatever that decision is will undoubtedly impact the franchise for the foreseeable future, one way or another.