Could Patriots have interest in Jameis Winston this offseason?


The New England Patriots almost certainly will be searching for a quarterback this offseason whether it be via the NFL Draft, free agency, or the trade market.

Plenty of names have been thrown around as potential fits, but one in particular sounds like an intriguing possibility to Mike Lombardi. The former Patriots executive joined WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" on Friday and was asked about New Orleans Saints signal-caller Jameis Winston, who will be a free agent after this season.

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"I think you can fix Jameis Winston," Lombardi said. "I was thinking the Patriots might have an interest this offseason in Jameis Winston because I think he can be fixed.”

That certainly would be interesting.

Winston signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Saints last offseason and has served as the team's third-string QB. As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starter in 2019, Winston became the first player in NFL history to throw 30-or-more touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

Lombardi does make a valid point, as Winston is only 26 years old and has plenty of time to be "fixed." Who better to turn around the Florida State product's career than Bill Belichick?

Winston showed plenty of flashes during his five years in Tampa. If he can cut down -- and then cut down some more -- on the turnovers, perhaps he'll be a valuable addition to whichever team signs him this offseason. On another cheap contract, it wouldn't be the worst idea.