If Jameis Winston wants to stay home and watch the draft with his family in Alabama, that is just fine with Roger Goodell.
The NFL commissioner sat down with MMQB’s Peter King over the weekend at the NFL owners meeting and addressed the subject.
He was clear that he wanted to spend time with with his family,” Goodell said. “We’ve had that occur several occasions over the years.”
Many feel that Winston will be selected by the Buccaneers who hold the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
The last overall pick to skip the draft was Dan Wilkinson who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Bengals back in 1994.
“I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t part of those invites,” Goodell said. “But I’m not concerned with that. I think that it’s something we respect when a player says I’d like to be with my family on that day. It’s an important day for them also.”
In the sit down video interview, Goodell also discussed the meeting requested by Winston earlier this month and said he was clear what the league expects from Winston going forward as an NFL player in regards to the league’s code of conduct policy.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com