Following the announced suspension of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston last week, the Bucs young signal caller and his agent(s) have parted ways, as first reported by ProFootball talk.

Since the news of this came to light, it was learned that Winston was the one who initiated the split between he and his agents, Greg Genske and Kenny Felder.

Winston must wait five days before hiring new representation.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I’m wondering if he’s thinking about moving on from the Bucs after this season? Bucs might actually be willing to let him go if they got a draft pick out of it? Again I’m just guessing here. Anybody else got any thoughts on this subject?

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

We need to see the NFL’s whole report. This simply is not hanging together. A single page synopsis from Goodell, a lawyer-prepared statement from Jamies purposefully not admitting guilt, leaks to reporters to move the needle in the wrong direction for Jamies, a 3 versus 6 game suspension for what is being characterized as “sexual assault”, the Bucs picking up his 5th year option when the likelihood is much of this was known to the team, Jamies firing his agents when conventional wisdom says he should be thanking these guys, no repercussions against Darby for his comments allegedly being lies,… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  Dman
4 years ago

I agree, this story seems to make less and less sense as time goes on. If the NFL really thought Winston was guilty of sexual assault and still agreed to only a 3 game suspension then they would get the full wrath of the public that they are trying to avoid. If Winston’s people negotiated 3 games instead of 6, why in the world would Winston part ways with them?

There are far too many questions that need to be answered before we are justified in choosing a side either way.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  plopes808
4 years ago

Sorry guys but I don’t see the conspiracy. Jameis got suspended for three games and in his mind, maybe he thinks he should have been suspended for less and blames the agents for bad advice navigating this.

MrThrityTwo
MrThrityTwo
Reply to  plopes808
4 years ago

Actually this tale was garbage from the beginning. No court was going to convict JW of a crime in this case – even as stated by Kate. Which is highly doubtful since the words she used to describe the incident got embellished over time. The reason why JW took the 3 game is because heir Roger Goodell is judeg jury and executioner that translates as he is attacking his own league out of a me2,3,100 PR crusade to virtue signal even on low profile cases. Look at the Ray Rice, AP, Brady, Zeke cases and what you see is a… Read more »

jiggyjoe
jiggyjoe
4 years ago

If anyone else on the team with the exception of Evans or David had acted in Winston’s manor; they would be gone. It is all a matter of money. Winston has not shown the quality of play necessary to win consistently and his behavior is criminal. He needs to be gone.

Anthony Wilson
Anthony Wilson
Reply to  jiggyjoe
4 years ago

You are convicting him with no proof for something that supposedly happen over 2 years ago. Really??? You ever ask yourself why over 2 years later no police report no nothing, also the policy in the league is at minimum 6 game suspension. they did look or investigate the situation they jump the so they could save face with no evidence to 3 game suspension . I admit he hasn’t played to the level I think he is capable of but he is not a scrub either. He will make you eat those words watch!!! Oh yeah you can’t tell… Read more »

MrThrityTwo
MrThrityTwo
Reply to  Anthony Wilson
4 years ago

Anthony – You nailed it. Is a joke. No court would even try this case. Only heir Roger Goodell would injury his own to virtue signal to the world that the NFL doesn’t stand for its own players; unless its to piss off vets of course, Goodell is too weak to tell me2 – you know what Kate – put up or shut up. File criminal charges. Instead Roger screws JW and makes it wayyyy easier to get a civil settlement.

jiggyjoe
jiggyjoe
4 years ago

I would also sit him for at least 6 games or perhaps longer. I would rather see our team play with honor than play with someone who lacks integrity of any kind. And lets face it, he is not that good.

Kimba
Kimba
Reply to  jiggyjoe
4 years ago

Heh Jig–why don’t you go find a new team, your comments are ridiculous, you must belong to the saints or panthers or falcons fanbase. Bucs are keeping Jameis for the remainder of this year until they can draft a new player, unless of course he turns the page and plays lights out then they may consider keeping him as they should. He will pay the price and sit out 3 games and even the uber driver did not press any charges. So why should he sit out 6 games–obviously that hamstrings the Bucs even more–why do that? Go away, obviously… Read more »

Darin
Darin
Reply to  Kimba
4 years ago

Kimba Please dont speak as the bucs fan owner here. Fans come in all shapes sizes and on n on. That’s his opinion. Respect it. Domt have to agree but be an adult about it. As a younger fan I’d have leaned your way. Now that I’m older and more mature I’m leaning his way. Bottom line is his actions were criminal. He most likely should be gone. Then again he is a young man too. How many times does he make the same mistake before the owners can him? And he is right he hasnt played that well. I… Read more »

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Darin
3 years ago

Darin, your comment is so ridiculous it’s not even funny. His actions were criminal. Oh wow, so you were in the Uber? You saw what happened? Because last time I checked, even the driver said he tried to hit on her, she turned him down, and he immediately stopped. I call that a guy thinking a girl likes him, making a pass at her, getting turned down, and stopping when she says no. That’s criminal? Maybe you should read a law book sometime pal, because what SHE said Jameis did, is absolutely positively NOT criminal. And as far as Jameis… Read more »

Dman
Dman
Reply to  jiggyjoe
4 years ago

Sure, well why stop there. Why not have him run a gauntlet, maroon him on a desert island, force him to listen to 24 hours of Barry Manilow uninterrupted. Just ridiculous.

MrThrityTwo
MrThrityTwo
Reply to  Dman
4 years ago

Barry! That’s too far !

Nathaniel_17
Nathaniel_17
4 years ago

Predictable move. I’m surprised Jameis’s agents weren’t able to make this incident disappear. Not saying it’s right, but agents have a reputation for such actions.

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  Nathaniel_17
4 years ago

How do you make it “disappear”? This is in the business world…a company with 6 billion in revenue, 15 bil in assets. And they aren’t going to cover it up and risk a billion dollar lawsuit from an employee for “covering it up”. This isn’t like when you have a University helping to “cover it up”.

mark2001
mark2001
4 years ago

Appears that Jameis initiated this, not the agents. And if that is true, it isn’t a good sign for Jameis. Go to the link page listed in the article. And if that is true, many good agents wouldn’t touch him at this point.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  mark2001
4 years ago

Agents are dime a dozen, he will have no problem finding a new one. There is too much money at stake and agents rape these players as most don’t know any better.

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  Jlog
4 years ago

That is like saying doctors or lawyers are a dime a dozen. Bad ones are a dime a dozen. Good ones are worth gold.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  mark2001
4 years ago

The difference between a good one and average one is a lot like doctors, the biggest difference is the cost not the quality of service. Sure there are bad ones too but it’s not a problem Winston is likely to have worry about or any starter for that matter.

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  Jlog
4 years ago

Don’t agree…an excellent doctor compared to a poor one can mean the difference between life and death. Obviously you have never been in such a situation.

And talk to people that have had agents… there is a heck of a difference between good ones and those just “so so”.

Mike Wright
Mike Wright
4 years ago

Jameis should be thanking his agents. Not firing them. If he’s guilty, he probably should have been suspended 6 to 8 games at the minimum. Maybe Jameis thought he should have received no suspension at all. But there was something there. Well Mr. Winston..No more cover ups sir. They covered you in all of your HS incidents, college incidents and now the Pro’s up until now. Ypu are now in the..National observation booth. All eyes are on you sir. The best way to solve all of this is to..WIN. The public is willing to forgive WINNERS. Lose and they say,..See… Read more »

Schwifty9
Schwifty9
4 years ago

Phew, I misread this headline and got scared.

sunshineben
sunshineben
4 years ago

Win or lose ,Winston needs to be gone. He is NOT looked on with respect nationally and the bucs don’t need him as face of the team..

lanshire12
lanshire12
4 years ago

The article assuming that the agent’s had anything to do with the light suspension. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Jameis’ initial response was approved by his agents. Quite possible that the team and NFL came up with the final result and “convinced” Jameis’ team to accept it. If Winston thinks that he got bad advice from his team, not surprising that he went in a different direction.

a-bomb
a-bomb
4 years ago

I am not buying for a second that in the #metoo era that this suspension is because the NFL believes they could prove he committed a sexual assault. If that was the case, this is a one year suspension, period. My guess is that both the Uber driver and Winston provided statements that did not exactly line up with all of the evidence. It doesn’t take 6-8 months to investigate a case like this if everything lines up for one side or the other. But, because Winston was impaired his denial could not be given the same degree of credibility,… Read more »

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  a-bomb
4 years ago

Bravo, +1 to both posts.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  a-bomb
4 years ago

The more probable answer is that there is no definite proof that the Uber driver is telling the truth and since Winston and Darby lied about multiple things in their original statements it makes Winston look guilty so a settlement of 3 games was given. There is no way to prove Winston actually did what she said but every statement the Uber driver made that can be proved was correct and multiple statements that Winston made have been proven to be a lie. Fact of the matter is he probably did it. No one knows for sure but the Uber… Read more »

MrThrityTwo
MrThrityTwo
Reply to  a-bomb
4 years ago

What evidence. What is this CSI: NFL or a football league. There is no evidence.

a-bomb
a-bomb
4 years ago

Let me also add that in the legal system people make deals like this all day, everyday. People admit to crimes for which they are not actually guilty in order to avoid the possibility of going to jail or for a lesser sentence. His agents are taking this hit because they either misjudged the way that this story would play or knew how it would play and misled Winston. Either way the trust between the parties is gone. I disagree that no other agents would touch him. Agents are lining up right now, because they can easily believe that these… Read more »

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  a-bomb
4 years ago

A bad PR Job? There is no good PR job that will defend one from sexual assault and come out clean. And if the league was talked down from six games to three, sounds like they did as good a job as reasonably possible to protect him from months…years…of future publicity and pain for his irresponsibility.

jeff becker
jeff becker
Reply to  mark2001
4 years ago

the bottom line is u have no idea what went on between them. since when can agents talk the nfl dictatorship down?

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  jeff becker
4 years ago

If they negotiated from six to three, as has been said on many sites, that is talking them down. Or do you think six would be better?

a-bomb
a-bomb
Reply to  mark2001
4 years ago

I still think most folks are missing the point. This whole thing is about public perception. If the NFL believes that Winston committed a sexual assault and gave him a three game suspension then all the outrage in the world would be justified. It is worse than Ray Rice because supposedly the NFL has learned from the Ray Rice episode. I am suggesting that this was a compromise that was mutually agreed upon by everyone because of proof problems on both sides. Does that mean Winston committed a sexual assault? Not necessarily. Does it mean Winston was totally in the… Read more »

a-bomb
a-bomb
Reply to  mark2001
4 years ago

Lets not be naive. PR is not about “the truth” or even convincing everybody. It is just about convincing enough people. The man who sits in the White House was caught on tape admitting to grabbing women by their private parts and has essentially acted like it didn’t happen. Enough people either believed him or didn’t care that they were still willing to vote for him as their leader. Love him or hate him you have to admit that his PR strategy was about as close to “coming out clean” as could be imagined. So, the blueprint is out there.

sunshineben
sunshineben
4 years ago

Winston is perceived as a thug nationally and its not good for the bucs to be the face of the franchise. He also has shown to be only an average qb by the nfl rating . .. CUT him and move on !

Dave
Dave
Reply to  sunshineben
3 years ago

He’s shown to be only an average nfl Qb by the “nfl rating”? Hmmm last time I checked, he put up elite numbers last year when he was healthy. If you take the 11 games be played start to finish, and project that to 16 games, his pace numbers were as follows: 4900 yards(307 y/g) a 64.3 comp %, 8.2 YPA, 30 total TD’s, 16 INT’s, and a 95.6 QB rating. Those are NOT average numbers by the “nfl rating” those are elite numbers. So that would be incorrect

jeff becker
jeff becker
4 years ago

seems to me his problem was primarily drinking. thrilled for him. announcing his sobriety was terrific move – i wonder who came up with idea to include it in his apology. all eyes will be on him, so he cant drink without a PR nightmare ensuing. that should serve him well. i expect we’ll see improvement from him across the board. jameis is paying for his behavior. he deserves one last chance. dumping him now ensures a negative outcome. but if a sober jameis is a better jameis, it was all worth it. the world is full of successful people… Read more »

Dave
Dave
Reply to  jeff becker
3 years ago

Jeff Becker, we’ll said man. Christ the league, and thousands of fans stood on their feet, and cheered Michael Vick after what he did. #7 Eagles jerseys were flying off the shelf. EVERYONE loves a good comeback story. As a whole, we are a very forgiving society. So as long as he truly means what he said about being sorry, and being sober, he will be forgiven by most people( the biased people who clearly hate JW, being the exceptions) I’m a perfect example of a good success story. I’m 35 now. When I was in my late teens, early… Read more »

jeff becker
jeff becker
4 years ago

the people who want to cut jameis would NEVER cut him right now if it was their money invested in the team. bunch of windbags

sunshineben
sunshineben
Reply to  jeff becker
4 years ago

This windbag pays for season tkts and hope the bucs move away from Winston

jeff becker
jeff becker
Reply to  sunshineben
4 years ago

what if he plays great this season

jeff becker
jeff becker
Reply to  sunshineben
4 years ago

plus you would lose the whole locker room that way

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  jeff becker
4 years ago

Do you think Jameis has the “whole locker room? Are you in the locker room? How could you know that?

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  jeff becker
4 years ago

Personally think we should have already moved on, we had plenty of chances when this first broke, but you are correct about timing mattering. The decision was made before the end of last season.

On the positive side he’s still on his rookie contract and quite cheap in the big scheme of things right now and I would be shocked if we are locked into the 5th year option should something else happen or he plays really poorly.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

I am pretty sure you need a Canadian Agent to play in Canadian football league

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

Zing.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Okay I didn’t have all the news when I made the first comments. I understand his two agents were baseball agents, and hel et them go for experienced football agents who understand the value of a QB. That’s a smart thing to do on his part. I want Winston to succeed with the Buccaneers despite my own personal feelings right now about him. If he has a good season much of this will go away. Of course for me this is based on no more bad behavioral problems.

Pit of misery
Pit of misery
4 years ago

Maybe he can go be a politician. He’s a liar,sexual abuser and inaccurate fumbler he’ll fit right in lol

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

It’s just hysterical to me how folks speculate on the reason(s) Jameis terminated his agents and equate it with fact. I don’t know why he fired them, nor do I care to know. Perhaps he has been considering the move for a long time. Or maybe it was a knee jerk reaction. Isn’t it possible that it has nothing to do with this incident?

Edster
Edster
3 years ago

Everyone knew Winston was a liability but Florida fans just have to have Florida college players. We knew Winston was an liability in turnovers coming out of college and that has continued at the NFL level. We also knew Winston was a liability off the field and surprise, surprise……

But none of this matters because Florida Buccaneers fans just have to have Florida college players. Well don’t expect to compete nationally when you cant look passed your back yard!

http://www.espn.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/82091/turnovers-could-dictate-mariota-vs-winston-storyline

Edster
Edster
3 years ago

The bright side of this is maybe he can still have a baseball career?