Jameis Winston Becomes Charter Member of 30 TD-30 INT Club

Winston finished the 2019 season with 5,109 passing yards, tops in the NFL

Jameis Winston First to Join 30 TD-30 INT Club
Jameis Winston throws a pass under pressure against the Falcons. (Michael Reaves/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / December 30, 2019 11:00 am

The last pass Jameis Winston threw for the Buccaneers yesterday ended the same way the first pass he threw for Tampa Bay did five years ago: a pick-six.

With that pass in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons, Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season.

The 25-year-old quarterback finishes his 2019 season with 33 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and 5,109 passing yards, tops in the NFL.

Of Winston’s 30 interceptions, seven were returned for touchdowns, the most in NFL history. Overall, opponents have scored 112 points off of Winston’s turnovers this year, the most in the NFL.

The pick against the Falcons was a fitting end to the season for Winston and it may also mark the end of his time in Tampa Bay.

“There’s so much good. And there’s so much outright terrible,” said Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians. “We’ve gotta weigh that. See what happens.”

Winston’s rookie contract with the team is up and the Bucs now have to decide whether to offer him a long-term extension, place the franchise tag on him or simply let him walk as an unrestricted free agent.

If Tampa does decide to tag the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, it will likely cost the team somewhere in the range of $27 million in 2020.

It’s a tough call for Tampa as, despite Winston’s passing problems, he may be the team’s best option as they are locked into the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft and will not be able to draft a top quarterback.

“Winston’s NFL career has been one of the most puzzling of any quarterback in NFL history,” according to Sports Illustrated. “The Bucs face a difficult and complicated decision this offseason, and one that will have a seismic impact on both the present and future of their franchise. There’s no easy answer to this one, and no matter what decision the Bucs make, there will be a domino effect across the rest of the roster.”

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