During a segment on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio Monday, Tampa Tribune writer Ira Kaufman told the show that Bucs Hall of Famer, and FSU trustee Derrick Brooks would welcome Seminoles QB Jameis Winston to Tampa Bay and mentor him if need be.

“I think if Winston’s the pick — and I think he will be — I think Brooks will play a role in trying to corral this kid, mature him, even bring him into his home, if necessary,” Kaufman said. “That’s how much Brooks cares about FSU, about the Bucs, and seeing this franchise get relevant.”
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Kauman went on to say he feels Winston will be the Bucs pick during the upcoming NFL Draft.

“I see Winston in a Bucs uniform,” Kaufman said. “Yes, there will be protests . . . but I think in terms of pro potential, I think most people would tell you Winston is ahead of [Marcus] Mariota.”

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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 mark@pewterreport.com
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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

The “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Speaks! Mark, would be nice to know if Ira is talking to Buc sources.

VTBucs
VTBucs
6 years ago

I’m ok with that scenario. It would definitely have to be written in the contract to work though having Brooks being a mentor to Winston. Still sad though that a #1 draft pick needs a babysitter!

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

To use the line from the talking heads on ESPN, I also had a ” sense ” that Mr. Brooks would take Winston under his wing to make sure he succeeds. The stars are all aligned to pick Winston #1.

e
e
6 years ago

Let Winston and Glennon go at it in the offseason to see who earns the starting job… But, PLEASE get the QB situation addressed! e

BucsWin
BucsWin
6 years ago

Just because Brooks would be assigned to mentor him, does not mean Winston would actually listen to him. Needing a babysitter for #1 overall pick, especially at QB is beyond sad. How much respect would he earn in the locker room under those circumstances, anyway?

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Bret Favre could have used one and he did alright. My golly some of you people exaggerate the “misdeeds” beyond reason. He’s not a stupid kid, he just did a few stupid things that many of us did in our early year. None outweigh the fact that many believe Winston to be the top QB prospect since Andrew Luck. I’m worn out on sitting in the stands surrounded by the opponents’ fans while some schmo is behind center floundering. I for one, am more willing to take the chance that Winston matures and realizes his actions are in the public… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Well said scubog, people act like he’s public enemy #1. I also am tired of going to a half filled Ray Jay. With a real QB from Florida State maybe we can fill the stadium. Many players need mentoring coming from college, just some get more press then others.

e
e
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Hear, hear… scubog
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jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

“Boys will be boys” right scu?, ha

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

It’s beyond crazy how vilified by some Winston is for, cursing, BB gun shooting, walking off with crab legs!! I’m not counting the rape allegation, because form the laws stand point, all authorities agreed it was only an allegation. I want some fire, and attitude from my Q.B.. McCown, and Glennon would be perfect franchise Q.B.’s from a public eye view. If only they could play ball. We know about Winston he’s a baller on the field. We need a player more then a priest.

gibsonmx
gibsonmx
6 years ago

I agree with all of you. i am tired of sitting in Ray Jay surrounded by other teams fans. Draft Winston, address the o-line with other picks and through free agency. Let the Great D. Brooks pull this kid under his wing and teach him how to be a pro. As suferdudes said, we all have dumb sh*t growing up. The most serious thing is ONLY an allegation, that has been cleared by law enforcement. Lets get back to winning some damn games.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was I wonder how Jameis’ father feels about this. His father was the one that announced that the was entering the draft and has spoken on his behalf in the past. That tells me his father is pretty involved in his life and having Jameis get mentored by Brooks and even going as far as to live with him just so he can function as a professional sounds like an awful indictment on his father. Because of this, I doubt his father lets Jameis live with Brooks and… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Just so it won’t seem like I’m just picking on Brooks, Barber is my favorite Buc of all time but over time I came to peace with the fact that I don’t like him as a mentor either. Barber’s influence had no effect on Biggers, Myron Lewis, L. Johnson and Alan Zemaitis on the field or Aqib Talib off the field. No one developed under his watch. One could argue that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink which is fine and absolves Barber of being a bad mentor. But if you make that… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Pink you are just starting to reach badly here. Yeah his father was involved in Jameis life, who’s father shouldn’t be? And his plan falls apart if Jamies doesn’t live with him? Seriously pink you are reaching terribly here. And to finish off saying Mariotta will be the better long time QB is just guesswork on your part. AS for the stands, me personally ,I want them filled , it’s called home filed advantage. Something we haven’t had in years.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 years ago

To be clear I wasn’t implying Jameis’ father shouldn’t be in his life, I was saying that because he is (as he should be) in his life when it comes to the idea of Jameis moving in with a mentor Brooks could be viewed as a father figure in that situation and pride and/or jealously could creep into Jameis’ father’s mind. I don’t think Jameis or his father would be open to that idea because it gives the impression his father didn’t raise him well because he can’t function without Brooks’ regular monitoring. As for Mariota, I would call it… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Oh, on the other point I don’t care how many fans we have in the seats in 2015. I care about the long term success of this franchise and long term Mariota is the better franchise QB.

76Buc
76Buc
6 years ago

Whoever is picked by the Bucs, the other will be enshrined in Canton someday.

traew01
traew01
6 years ago

Looking at the photo of Winston. Dude is not even throwing the ball with the laces. I can only assume this is a quick pass of some sort.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

There’s a difference between a parent’s influence/guidance than that of a senior peer (Brooks) who can lead the way in an employment type setting. Surely anyone who has had a job knows there are “old school” guys like Scubog to show newbees what they didn’t experience in the classroom. I think it’s called “the real world.” True, not all pay attention because each has to find their own way to a degree. But the environment and culture of an organization is what influences the most. Most people want to feel like they belong and will adapt. Sorry guys, way too… Read more »