Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland says team a great fit for Jameis Winston

METAIRIE, La. — Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints had not finalized their pending deal as of Monday night time, but assistant general supervisor Jeff Eire designed the scenario for why it’s a fantastic in shape for both sides.

“It really is a compliment to Jameis Winston to recognize in which he’s at in this entire world and indication a one-12 months deal below and find out guiding Drew [Brees],” Eire explained during an visual appeal on the “Matt Mosley Display” on ESPN Central Texas radio. “Seem, there’s no far better instructor. If Drew under no circumstances explained a word to him, he would observe extra than he’ll at any time find out in football just by finding out how Drew does things. He is an unbelievable leader. He is an unbelievable studier of the activity, how he breaks down his opponents.

“And then you toss in [offensive coordinator] Pete Carmichael, [quarterbacks mentor] Joe Lombardi and [mentor] Sean Payton on the offensive aspect of the ball and all those creative minds, Jameis Winston will find out extra football in a 12 months than he has in his life time.”

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The upside for the Saints is obvious, much too, assuming they can get Winston at a price cut charge.

The Saints have continued to insist they think flexible backup Taysom Hill could come to be the successor to the forty one-12 months-previous Brees — as they proved by signing him to a two-12 months, $21 million contract on Sunday. But the Saints have designed it distinct all over this offseason that they wanted to indication a veteran backup quarterback who would be prepared to phase into a activity if necessary so that they can continue employing Hill as a QB/RB/TE/WR.

Winston, 26, has as a great deal upside as any veteran they could have signed. If signed, they would get to examine him as a feasible successor to Brees. Or possibly he’ll land a beginning gig in other places next 12 months — and the Saints could get a superior-finish compensatory draft decide on.

“It seriously almost certainly won’t be much too a great deal unique than previous 12 months,” Eire explained of the set up with Brees, Hill and Teddy Bridgewater, who begun five game titles when Brees was injured. “We really feel like [Hill] can start in the league at some level when it’s his turn, and that’s obviously why we invested in him. But we also want a No. two to seriously use [Hill’s] talent established and his upside to the full extent of his skill. … We can not do all those things [with Hill] if we you should not have a good No. two.”