NBC Sports’ Peter King joined Mike Florio to discuss future landing spots for the former Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers on Tuesday, with the conversation quickly transitioning to whether Jameis Winston is the right guy for the Bucs moving forward following a historic season in which the fifth-year quarterback passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns but also threw 30 interceptions and a record-setting seven interceptions returned for touchdowns.
“Everybody knows that Jameis Winston, when he’s hot and having a big day, can throw for 400 yards,” King said. “So can Matthew Stafford, so can Case Keenum. It’s not so hard today.”
King referenced NFL’s transition to a more pass-heavy league, arguing that passing yards and touchdowns are rising and that someone will eventually throw for 6,000 yards, but that the most important stat from Winston is the turnovers.
“The biggest thing about Jameis Winston,” King said. “You can talk about 5,100 yards but let me ask you this question. How would you like to have a quarterback who threw for 4,100 yards and threw 16 or 18 fewer interceptions. I’ll take that any day of the week. It’s about possessing the ball and moving down the field with the ball.”
King then questioned how one player can account for 5,100 yards and then also account for 30 interceptions that stopped drives and gave the ball away. Those errors, in King’s mind, make it easy when tasked with a decision of whether or not to re-sign Winston to a long-term deal.
“I don’t care if he threw for 5,900 yards and 30 interceptions,” King said. “It would not make up for the 30 interceptions. He simply makes too many errors and all I’m saying is that I’d be on the fence right now about whether I was going to pay him significantly anyway. But to pay him a lot of money and lock yourself into a guy who has made more mistakes over the last five years, by far, than any starting quarterback in football? It makes no sense.”
Watch the full segment to hear King’s thoughts below.