Winston and the Saints are reportedly near a deal to be Drew Brees backup.

By Meredith Perri | [email protected]

Free agent Jameis Winston and the Saints are reportedly in the process of signing a one-year deal that will send the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback to New Orleans.

Yahoo Sports columnist Charles Robinson reported early Saturday morning that with the 2020 NFL Draft complete, the deal will probably come together quickly. With current quarterback Drew Brees likely to retire as soon as 2021, the move allows the Saints to shore up their quarterback depth chart. Robinson added that the team did not guarantee Winston the backup spot, and that he will instead compete with Taysom Hill.

The Saints also picked up seventh-round draft pick Tommy Stevens of Mississippi State Saturday.

As noted by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Winston had the opportunity to sign more lucrative agreements elsewhere, but selected New Orleans because of the future opportunities available to the quarterback.

Winston became the first player in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season this past year before Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians made the move to bring Tom Brady to Florida.

Earlier this month, Winston, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, commented on Brady taking over the quarterback spot in Tampa.

“One thing you can learn about me is my faith,” Winston said. “I have tremendous faith in my lord and one thing about Tom Brady is it’s understood that he is the G.O.A.T. For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that’s kudos to me.”

“But at the end of the day, it’s a competitive sport. We’re all in the business. I’m excited for whatever opportunity may hold and eventually I’m going to have to play the Tom Bradys, the Patrick Mahomes and all the other great quarterbacks eventually. That’s how you win Super Bowls and that’s what I want.”

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