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Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick up Jameis Winston's fifth-year option

17 April 2018

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a big disappointment last season, finishing 5-11 a year after going 9-7.

The team on Tuesday picked up the quarterback's $20.922 million fifth-year option. It's also guaranteed for injury only, which means the Buccaneers can move on from Winston following the 2018 season without a cap hit should he remain healthy through February.

Read the full news release here.

Despite major inconsistencies and some real struggles over the first three years of his National Football League career, former No. 1 pick Jameis Winston will reportedly play out his entire rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Still, Winston has been solid on the field for Tampa Bay through three seasons, finishing with a quarterback rating of at least 82 in each season.

Tampa Bay still could work out a long-term contract with Winston.

Going into his fourth season, Winston has the chance to elevate the Buccaneers to a playoff contender, likely saving the jobs of Koetter and Licht. The Bucs have been fairly steadfast in their support of Winston over the years, and team co-chairman Joe Glazer recently responded "absolutely not" when asked if the allegations changed the team's perception of Winston. "My focus has been with this organization, getting the guys back in here and focusing what we can do to become a better team this offseason".

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick up Jameis Winston's fifth-year option