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Jameis Winston claims he’d take a pay cut to play with Jalen Ramsey

Mike Florio discusses the problems with the Bucs attempting to get Jalen Ramsey and also says Jameis Winston may want to be careful with pay cut talk moving forward.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says he’d love playing with his Florida State teammate, Jalen Ramsey, so much that he’d give up money to do it.

Winston told Buccaneers suite holders that Ramsey is an incredible player who would make a major impact in the NFL.

“We [Florida State] definitely have the best player in the world in Jalen Ramsey,” Winston said, via “People talk about his position. But Jalen is the best cornerback, safety . . . I will take a pay cut to play with him again.”

That’s not going to happen; Winston’s rookie contract is locked in and can’t be renegotiated for the first three seasons. (Theoretically, Winston could pay Ramsey directly if they’re teammates, but it’s safe to say that’s not going to happen, either.) But Winston wants to make clear that Ramsey is that special a player.

“He has a fierce mentality,” Winston said. “And the best thing about him is he is a Seminole. I have already shot [Bucs G.M. Jason Licht] some texts.”

Unfortunately for Winston and the Bucs, Ramsey is almost certainly going to be off the board by the time the Bucs’ pick, No. 9 overall, comes up. Ramsey will likely be playing elsewhere.