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Bucs’ Bruce Arians not ready to decide on Jameis Winston

The coach says he will wait another month because there’s been good and bad things about his quarterback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3), wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and head coach Bruce Arians stand on the sideline for the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) [PHELAN M. EBENHACK  |  AP]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3), wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and head coach Bruce Arians stand on the sideline for the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) [PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP]
Published Dec. 4, 2019
Updated Dec. 4, 2019

TAMPA — Bruce Arians was given a chance to say what his recommendation would be to Bucs owners about the decision to re-sign quarterback Jameis Winston for 2020.

He punted.

Arians said he wants to see how Winston performs the final month of the season before he gives his opinion.

Winston leads the NFL with a career-worst 20 interceptions but has passed for 3,659 yards, the second most in the league.

The Bucs picked up Winston’s fifth-year option of $20.9-million and he is set to become a free agent in March.

At some point, the Glazer family which owns the Bucs will ask for Arians’ recommendation. But he isn’t ready to give one yet. That might be telling enough.

Arians was asked Wednesday what he would tell owners if asked today to give the Glazers and evaluation. Could he say Winston is his guy?

"I’m going to pass on that one,'' Arians said. "I’m going to wait until the end of December. There’s been really, really, really good and there’s been some really, really bad. I’m just going to pass until it’s over and then we’ll make a decision.''

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