Denver Broncos Linked to Quarterback Jameis Winston

New Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton may be turning to a familiar face for his crucial backup quarterback position. Per 9News's Mike Klis, the team may target New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston served as backup quarterback with Payton's Saints in 2020 and as the starter in 2021. Payton also coached against Winston's Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice a year from 2015 to 2019. Needless to say, the two are familiar.

Backup quarterback will be a crucial position for the Broncos in 2023. Starting quarterback Russell Wilson led the team to the fewest points in the league in 2022. If injury (or quality of play) costs him time this coming season, the Broncos will need a suitable replacement. 2022 backup Brett Rypien averaged a miserable 4.54 net yards per passing attempt and compiled a 63.8 passer rating.

The major stumbling block in acquiring Winston will be price. Wilson is one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks at $49 million per year, and Winston is currently playing on a two-year, $28 million deal. Even if Winston is cut, his asking price may be too high to justify for a team with so much already committed to the position.

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