Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston made the media circuit during Super Bowl week in Atlanta last month speaking briefly about the hire of new head coach Bruce Arians but recently took to the national television stage on NFL Total Access and got more in depth about the state of the Bucs heading into 2019.

Watch Winston’s full appearance below.

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  1. I wonder how long it’s going to take Bruce Arians to figure out the has no chance to win with this QB GM . I like Bruce Arians I just hope he doesn’t blow a gasket over this team.

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  2. Make or break year for Jameis, better get those turnovers sorted out.

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  3. Im just a fan, but why are we not doing what the Steelers did with AB atleast they got some draft picks. We know that the team is in cap trouble. Why are we going to hang on to Djax, Hump, McCoy, Brate, and get nothing for these guys when we have to just cut em later. We should take all 4 players in a package for somebodies number 1 and 3 picks.

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    • Steelers got screwed because AB would only sign off on a deal to go to Oakland. He rejected a Bills trade that was all but completed and would have (supposedly) sent a 1st round draft pick to Pittsburgh. That gave leverage to Oakland and was one last F.U. to the Steelers GM.

      D.Jax has trade value. No way the Bucs just cut him. They will trade him if they do anything. I keep wondering why they are going on TV and defending his actions and talking him up? Maybe it’s to increase his trade value or maybe it’s to show him they really want him around. Arians has always had a speedy deep threat in his offenses. DJax is under contract for a very affordable $10m for one more year.

      Hump is not under contract. He is an unrestricted free agent. Tampa doesn’t have money to pay him what the market will pay him. When he signs for $10 million somewhere, the Bucs will be awarded a compensatory pick in the 2020 draft. Likely a 3rd round compensatory pick.

      Kwon Alexander is in the same boat as Hump. Since he is coming off injury, his market value may be affordable and he may give Tampa the option to match/beat a deal he gets. If they lose him, he will also earn Tampa a 2020 compensatory pick. Unless he sets the market, it will likely be a 4th.

      Brate isn’t going anywhere. He finishes seasons. He plays hurt. He has been very productive. He has the most TD’s in the NFL at TE over the last 3 years. He is valuable to Winston and the offense. That may change in 2020, but it makes no sense to move him this year.

      McCoy has been a loved Buc. He is entering his 10th season and his production has been mediocre the last 4 years. There are a bunch of other defensive tackles that have been cut. There are also many unrestricted free agents around the league. Many have about the same production as GMC. The draft has great depth at the position. Why would teams trade anything for him? There simply isn’t much of a market for him. When he is released the Bucs will get no compensation, other than needed cap space to sign players that can help the team.

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      • Chargers re-signed LB Denzel Perryman for 2 years, $12 million coming off season-ending knee injury. Might help set market for LB Kwon Alexander. Kwon has better numbers though. Perryman: 2 career INTs, 1 career forced fumble, 4 passes defensed, 226 tackles. Alexander: 6 career INTs, 6 career forced fumbles, 22 passes defensed, 380 tackles.

        It was reported the Bucs offered a long-term contract but less than the 10mil he is seeking. I’m going to guess that Bucs offered 4 years at 8mil with 2 years guaranteed. We’ll know by Wednesday. Go Bucs!

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    • Contracts. A lot of teams know they can get DJax for cheap once we cut him. Same with McCoy. Brate I think has trade value. We should have traded McCoy a couple of yrs ago when we could have gotten a couple of #1s for him.

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      • For cheap? I think D.Jax’s $10 million dollar salary is as cheap as you’ll get him. He will likely earn $12-14 million/year on the open market on a new 3 year deal. He will instantly be the #1 Wide Receiver on the market if he is released.

        Who else can do what he has done for his entire career and is still in his prime? John Ross? John Brown? They sure haven’t done it yet.

        His “Diva” antics will be viewed by most teams as a player that wants to win and who wasn’t involved enough in the game plan and became frustrated. Recievers are at the mercy of the QB giving them opportunities. Make no mistake, he will get paid MORE if he’s cut and will likely get a new 3 year contract if he’s traded, just like Antonio Brown.

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  4. and no I dont hate these players I love em but we shouldnt just cut em.

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    • Well, Humphries is a FA. So the Bucs wouldn’t be “just cutting” him. His price tag is too steep for a #4 or 5 target. Hell, $8-10M is too much for a number 3 option. He’ll be getting paid like that somewhere, just not here. As for Brate, McCoy and Jackson, I highly doubt Bucs FO will just cut any of them. If I had to guess, at least two of them, if not all three, will be on this team come opening day. But, should any, or all of them, not be, it will be through a trade. Anyone who says that McCoy and DJax have no trade value is delusional. If either were on the open market they would have multiple suitors bidding for their services. Any team that would be in such a race would understand the salary demands of either and would not want to be in a bidding war and have to overpay for their services when they could probably be had for mid-round picks. Just my opinion on the matter

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  5. Seems we’re hell bent on keeping a team together that doesn’t win.

    Letting young guys in their prime leave when they’ve been productive is stupid – Kwon, Hump, Brate.

    Keeping high priced guys on the down slope because we “have to” is even more stupid – GMC, D-jax.

    Let’s see what BA and Licht do starting tomorrow.

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  6. Think we can get a 3rd or 4th for D-jax

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  7. Buc ass just won’t quit.

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  8. Djax isnt tradable due to his NFL Security report. Chip Kelly cut him because of the report the year after DJax had his best season ever. Forget about trading Djax it will never happen.

    Arians was also sending DJax a message in his interview by saying the deep pass MUST BE RUN FULL SPEED IN PRACTICE. Djax is going to have to change his diva ways if he wants to play for Arians.

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