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James Winston Signs One-Year Deal with Saints

Matt Dirzulaitis
Saints QB Jameis Winston
Saints QB Jameis Winston / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, quarterback Jameis Winston has agreed to a one-year $12 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Winston, the Saints' backup quarterback, played four games for the team, throwing 11 passes for 75 yards. Last season, the Saints averaged 234 passing yards per game, with a 70.9% completion rate, the best in the league.

Winston should start the season as the Saints' starting quarterback, with former starter Drew Brees announcing his retirement on Sunday.

Taysom Hill also started at quarterback last season, with Brees missing four games due to a rib injury.

The former No. 1 draft pick started his career as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 72 games in five seasons, throwing for 2,548 yards and 121 touchdowns.

The team posted a 12-4 recording last season, reaching the playoffs before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are +1900 in the odds to win Super Bowl LVI on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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