Would You Rather: Sign Teddy Bridgewater or Jameis Winston in NFL Free Agency

Max Staley
Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater are both set to hit the open market.
Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater are both set to hit the open market. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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It's not every year that two former Pro Bowl quarterbacks under the age of 28 hit the open market. But this offseason, Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater, both of whom made a Pro-Bowl appearance in 2015, will be available in free agency.

Both passers are undeniably talented, but neither is without flaws. So with that in mind, let's break down which quarterback you'd rather sign this offseason.

Jameis Winston Free Agency

There is, perhaps, no NFL quarterback more volatile than Jameis. When he's on his game, he can look like an elite gun slinger, as evidenced by the 5,109 yards and 33 passing touchdowns he threw for this season. But that production didn't come without a cost.

He threw 30 interceptions last season, 9 more INTs than the next-closest QB (Baker Mayfield). He also put the ball on the ground 12 times, ultimately losing five fumbles. In fact, removing the Buccaneers from the equation, Winston's 35 turnovers would've been tied with the Carolina Panthers' offense for the worst mark in the NFL.

If he can reign in those turnovers, though, he could become a high-level passer. But given his track record, that's a pretty big if.

Teddy Bridgewater Free Agency

On the other hand, Bridgewater might not have the ceiling that Winston does, but he does have a much-higher floor. He made five starts in relief of Drew Brees, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 5-0 record. His numbers weren't eye popping, averaging 241.8 passing yards per game, but he tossed 9 TDs to 2 INTs.

He also improved as he got more comfortable in the offense. Over his first two starts, he averaged 185.0 passing yards per game and his adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) was a measly 6.40. Over the next three starts, though, he averaged 278.3 passing yards per contest and had an AY/A of 8.6. That shows he's capable of being more than just a game manager.

At the end of the day, Bridgewater should be the more sought-after option. While Winston has far more upside, he's also capable of throwing his team out of the game. Tampa Bay was 3-6 when he was intercepted at least 2 times and 4-3 when he threw 1 or fewer INTs last season.

Bridgewater is ready to contribute to winning football right now, and he should be rewarded handsomely this offseason.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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