The 2020 Buccaneers offseason has been full of speculation to this point. That appears to have ended today not only for Jameis Winston, but possibly who they will use the franchise tag on. Atleast on a couple of the Bucaneers offseason questions.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport confirms that quarterback Jameis Winston did indeed have a procedure to trim a torn meniscus. This isn’t exactly breaking news as much as a confirmation of reports from author Jameis1of1 from several weeks ago. A quick recap, quarterback Jameis Winston finished the 2019 season with a torn meniscus and a fracture to his thumb on his throwing hand.
But that’s not all Rapoport had to say. Near the end of the video, Rapoport stated:
“sounds like Barrett likely getting the franchise tag.”
This report nearly puts to bed the Buccaneers using the franchise tag on Winston, further muddying the waters on Winston’s future with the team. Barrett receiving the franchise tag doesn’t stop the Buccaneers from negotiating a deal with the team’s single season pass leader.
From NFL Now: Toughness can be overlooked, so worth noting that #Bucs QB Jameis Winston not only played through a broken thumb but also a torn meniscus that he had trimmed. And he refused to sit, adding context to his season. pic.twitter.com/ucgR5rVGTQ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2020