- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2020

Redskins coach Ron Rivera has discussed bringing in another quarterback to create a “very competitive” competition for starter Dwayne Haskins. But while Washington explores its options, it reportedly has ruled out at least one free agent quarterback: Jameis Winston. 

ESPN’s John Keim reported there is “no chance” the Redskins sign Winston, citing a source familiar with the situation. 

Winston won’t return to Tampa Bay, who drafted him first overall in 2015, after the Buccaneers reached an agreement with former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. 

Winston, too, is seen as a highly polarizing quarterback. He led the league in passing yards with 5,109 yards last season, but became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach the 30-30 club (throwing at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same year). In 2018, he was benched and replaced with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

After the 2019 season, Bucs coach Bruce Arians had a scathing comment about Winston when asked if Tampa Bay could win with another quarterback. 

“If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one, too,” Arians said.  

The up-and-down experience was also plagued by an off-the-field incident in which Winston was suspended three games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. In 2017, an Uber driver accused Winston of groping her during a ride in March 2016. Winston was also investigated for rape when he was a student at Florida State University, though no chargers were filed.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Booger McFarland suggested on Twitter that Winston would be “in play” as a backup for Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Cincinnati or Washington.

But cross at least Washington off that list. 

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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