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Jameis Winston Throws Shade at Buccaneers

Adam Taylor McKillop
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws some serious shade at his old team.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws some serious shade at his old team. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints' 38-3 torching of the Green Bay Packers may have been the biggest storyline during Week 1 of the NFL season.

Winston tossed 5 touchdowns in a brilliant performance. Afterwards, he spoke to media and expressed his excitement and gratitude about his new opportunity with New Orleans. The seventh-year pro didn't hold his thoughts solely to his new team. Instead he took this time to throw some serious shade at his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The comments were a bit of a head-scratcher.

"I'm grateful to be with this team. I think anyone can see that this is a better team than I'd ever been with, so that brings comfort to any quarterback."

Jameis Winston

While Winston may be off to a perfect start in New Orleans, his past success (or lack thereof) in Tampa Bay can't be ignored. The former Buccaneer went just 28-42 during his five-year tenure with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2015.

The most confounding part of this quote stems from calling the Saints a "better team" than he'd ever been with before. After all, Winston left the Buccaneers after 2019 and Tom Brady immediately turned the franchise into a Super Bowl Champion after a 7-9 finish the year before.

Tampa Bay's 2020 roster featured a handful of new names, but many of the stars still existed, including Mike Evans, Ronald Jones II, Chris Godwin and Devin White, etc. In fact, the more you examine the 2019 Buccaneers roster and the 2020 version, Brady at quarterback is the biggest difference.

Winston clearly meant no harm with these comments, but ended up giving himself a backhanded diss in the process.

Tampa Bay can still have the last laugh. After all, the Buccaneers own +550 odds to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook, while New Orleans holds just +2500 odds.

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