Jameis Winston Pens Emotional Message on Return to Saints

Tyler Maher
Jameis Winston wrote a heartfelt message after re-signing with the New Orleans Saints.
Jameis Winston wrote a heartfelt message after re-signing with the New Orleans Saints. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Despite losing his starting job to Derek Carr, Jameis Winston is still happy to be back with the New Orleans Saints.

Winston is returning to the Saints on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million to back up Carr, who signed with New Orleans earlier this month. Despite the change in roles, Winston is still excited to rejoin the Saints based on the lengthy message he posted on Twitter.

Jameis Winston Saints

In his heartfelt explanation for why he returned to NOLA, Winston touched on how much he loves the city and his fan base. He also admitted to being disappointed in his performance last year and feeling like he let those fans down.

Injuries have greatly limited Winston's playing time over the past two seasons, preventing him from emerging as a viable successor to Drew Brees. Winston struggled when healthy last year as well, going 1-2 as a starter and throwing more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4).

Despite those obstacles and the chance to potentially start elsewhere, the former No. 1 overall pick isn't ready to leave the Saints just yet. He praised New Orleans for having "a stable organization, a championship-caliber team, and a great fan base," all of which influenced his decision to return.

Time will tell what kind of impact the former Pro Bowler will have on the 2023 Saints, especially if Carr's performance issues carry over from last year. Winston may be starting again before long, but he'll need to be healthy and ready if the time comes.

sign up now. Bet $20, Win $200 GUARANTEED!. dark