The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston to a four-year contract on Friday. Winston is expected to be the Buccaneers’ franchise quarterback for years to come.
However, football is not Winston’s only love.
In addition to playing football at Florida State, Winston also played baseball. He was a pitcher and played some outfield. He loves playing both sports and told The MMQB‘s Peter King that it would be his dream to play two sports professionally.
That obviously had the Buccaneers a bit worried. So, according to King, Tampa Bay put a clause in Winston’s contract prohibiting the quarterback from playing professional baseball. It is a move that makes a lot of sense in today’s NFL. Teams invest so much money in the quarterback position that the era of multi-sport athletes at the professional level is over.
This protects the team from a situation similar to what the Seattle Seahawks have to handle with their quarterback, Russell Wilson. Wilson has joined MLB’s Texas Rangers at Spring Training the last couple years.
Winston is focused on football and guiding the 2-14 Buccaneers back into the postseason for the first time since 2007.
“I am so ready to play,” Winston said. “So ready. I can’t wait.”