The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston's rookie contract. The team announced the news on Tuesday morning, and was first reported by Tampa Bay Times Buccaneers insider Rick Stroud.
Since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified in 2011, all first-round draft picks have received four-year contracts with a fifth-year option for the team.
Through his first three seasons in Tampa Bay, Winston has started all 45 games in which he has played, in the process amassing 11,636 passing yards, 69 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions. He is the second-youngest passer in NFL history, after Drew Bledsoe, to surpass the 10,000-yard passing mark, having just turned 24 a few days after the end of the 2018 campaign.
Winston was the first quarterback in NFL history to open his career with two consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons, setting a new franchise single-season record in 2016 with 4,090 yards.
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