Jameis Winston has been a subject of discussion since the closing seconds of the 2019 regular season. Did he do enough to earn a second contract in Tampa? After a historic season consisting of 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, Winston will look to improve his game to include improving his vision this off-season.
Winston’s Seeing 20/20 in 2020
After a picture appeared online by Winston on his Instagram page showcasing him wearing what appeared to be protective sunglasses, one could speculate that he may have undergone LASIK surgery.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed this information on the 12th of February along with various national media personalities after the Tampa Bay Times reported it. Winston’s publicist, Denise White, spoke with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on the subject:
“He didn’t want to count out any options that he had that could possibly help him with the game he loves so much. He doesn’t want to miss out on an opportunity that presents itself. This is the game he loves and he wants to be the best at it and if there are any options that can improve his game, he is willing to do it.”
What Does This Mean for Winston?
While his future is still uncertain in Tampa, this surgery could be a means of improving on the field. Although Winston’s deep passes in 2019 were night and day from his previous four seasons, the 30 interceptions still cast a cloud of doubt over the young quarterback’s head. Head coach Bruce Arians stated in his final presser of 2019 that Winston was nearsighted and could see the guys in front of him.
Whether some of the blame for Winston’s accuracy was due to his nearsightedness, being able to see the back half of the field can only make his field of vision better, or so you would think. For whatever reason there is as to why now was the time for Winston to undergo the procedure still remains a question. You could speculate that it was part of an agreement between Winston and the Buccaneers for the 2020 season.
Nothing has been hinted at or murmured about the soon to be Buccaneers free-agent quarterback on a new contract. The legal tampering period is rapidly approaching and I would assume some form of news about Winston and his 2020 destination will make its way to the sports headlines.