March 21, 2023

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James Winston is reported to be returning to the Saints in an $8 million deal

James Winston returns to New Orleans as a backup. (Mark J. Repelas/Reuters)

James Winston is officially the backup.

The former #1 draft pick has agreed to return to the New Orleans Saints on a one-year, $8 million deal, Reporting by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He will support Derek Carr, who joined the Saints last week on a four-year deal after being released by the Las Vegas Raiders.

Winston signed with the Saints in 2020 to support Drew Brees in his final season. He won the starting job for 2021, but started in only 10 games over two seasons thanks to injury and performance. Head coach Dennis Allen stuck with Andy Dalton as New Orleans’ starter last October after Winston returned healthy from injury.

The move signaled the end of Winston’s tenure as a starter in the NFL—for now, at least. With no starting offers seemingly on the table, he calls Winston back to New Orleans with an $8 million deal in hand.

Winston joined the NFL as the first overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 after leading Florida State to a national championship. He made the Pro Bowl as a junior and started five seasons in Tampa. With no playoff under Winston and a chance to sign Tom Brady, the Boss moved on from their previous top pick in 2020.

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