While the idea of Jameis Winston as a Buccaneer is intriguing, some of the higher-ups are concerned by his off-the-field indiscretions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said this past week that QB Jameis Winston’s previous off-the-field problems have come up when considering whether to draft him
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In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB with Peter King, Licht said that the question of whether Winston’s off-the-field troubles, including a shoplifting charge for stealing crab legs, a one-game suspension for inappropriate behavior on campus and a sexual assault allegation, have made the team question whether Winston is bad guy or just immature. But Licht said he’s leaning towards immature.
“I’d be lying if I said I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the off-field stuff,” Licht said.
“This decision is going to affect so many people and their families. We’ve got to get it right.”
Licht added that the magnitude of having the No. 1 overall pick, which the team could use to draft Winston weighs heavily on the future of the team – short term and long term.
“This is the most important pick, potentially, in the history of the franchise,” he continued.
Winston won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman for the Florida State Seminoles in 2014 and is widely seen as the No. 1 QB prospect and the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL draft.
The Buccaneers received the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft after posting an NFL-worst 2-14 record this past season. The Buccaneers cut starting QB Josh McCown, leading many to predict that the Buccaneers will either choose Winston with the No. 1 overall pick or Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.