Rich Eisen: Jameis Will Return

December 31st, 2019

It was a unique year for the face of NFL Network (sorry, Kay Adams). Rich Eisen spent a lot of time around the Buccaneers, which doesn’t happen often.

Eisen called the Bucs-Panthers game in England back in October, and he was the play-by-play man for the Texans-Bucs game two Saturday’s ago on NFL Network.

And when you’re calling games, you get to spend time with coaches and players in pre-production meetings, in addition to mingling with team executives.

Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show yesterday, Eisen noted his time spent around the Bucs and Jameis, and he was adamant that Jameis will return for a sixth Buccaneers season. Eisen was very impressed by how Jameis still put up numbers after Chris Godwin and Mike Evans went down, and he relayed a story about how Jameis told him during a practice leading up the Texans game, a wide receiver walked into the huddle and Jameis had to ask the guy who he was.

“I think [the Bucs] are going to be smart enough to figure it out. Jameis is not wrong when he says to check his numbers,” Eisen told his national audience.

Eisen went on to rattle off how Jameis led the NFC in passing touchdowns, led NFL in passing yards, led the NFL in pass attempts, led the NFL in interceptions and was near the top of the league in sacks absorbed.

Also, Eisen was impressed by Godwin and Evans both making the Pro Bowl, the first time a wide receiver tandem accomplished that since 2009.

“This offense, Carson Palmer threw a ton of picks in his first year in it. So did Peyton Manning. I think Winston does stay in Tampa. I really feel that,” Eisen said.

80 Responses to “Rich Eisen: Jameis Will Return”

  1. Pete I Says:

    See Eisen understand just what a hard to achieve accomplishment the 30-30 club is.

    But he doesn’t own the Buc’s nor cut the payroll checks so there is that.

  2. Bird Says:


    I agree. Being in the 30/30 club for football was a nearly impossible feat that only Mr. excitement could accomplish

    I mean the dream started in that glorious Pitt game . Ask joe about it again cause it was special.

    Now you watch him play from the edge of your seat its so exciting
    The edge of your toilet . Ask joe about that too.

    Whats funny is to see the same posters say …well if the defense played better in this game or kicker made a few more kicks we would be in the playoffs

    Whats obvious is if jameis didnt have his 35 turnovers (five lost fumbles ), the bucs might be in the playoffs. And to come out and say he is balling (himself) 😂

    But the bucs will bring him back. Only here in tampa. Hey , lets shoot for the 40 /40 club next year. And a whole new set of excuses will come out

    Just fyi …i have been wearing contacts for almost 30 years so the whole visor excuse was a great addition to the team Next year It will be hemrrhoids or something.

  3. Onetrickpony Says:

    I just got a headache

  4. Mr. Reality Says:

    Eisen is one of many not impacted by a dwindling Bucs fan base. Many in sports media will throw positive light Winston’s way so they can one, generate commentary, and two, never be accused of badmouthing a guy who has used up all his Schlitz when the Bucs move on. Winston ain’t Palmer, Manning, Favre, or Big Ben. Though his off field stuff has him MOST like Big Ben than anyone else.

    And anything critical toward the Glazers about moving on from him won’t be credible because eveyone knows they gave him more than enough time. Pat Kirwan yesterday said if were not a $1 pick he’d have been gone long ago…that it is not tolerable.

  5. firethecannons Says:

    a few days gone by, I’m ready to keep Jameis, love to get Jacob Eason in 2nd round to learn for a year. Franchise Winston and pick up a future QB in the second round. I lose my mind and hate Winston on Sundays then get over it by Tuesday. Do not sign him to a contract-it will backfire.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On – Jameis Winston

    Then Move him to either:
    • Miami
    • LA Chargers

  7. VA Tom Says:

    Jameis can throw. I was impressed how he did with Godwin and Evan’s down. He was on par (sans interceptions) with other decent QBs and he had lost his two most familiar targets and really didnt have a running game to lean on. That destroys most teams. I dont think the INTs go away. I really think that’s him. And unfortunately I think that will prevent us from being a contender as long as he is on the team. Maybe in the next three seasons we get one wildcard. Maybe. I hope I’m wrong. I like him as a player when he is good, I wish he was better protecting the ball. He’s like a knockout girlfriend who steals your stuff and wrecks your car and you can’t stay away.

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Darkhorse teams that can get in a bidding war for his services
    • Indianapolis
    • Detroit

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    $100 million

    The Dolphins are expected to have more than $100 million in cap space. The Dolphins’ impending unrestricted free agents include cornerback Aqib Talib, guard Evan Boehm, safety Walt Aikens, offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb, defensive lineman John Jenkins, tight end Clive Walford and receiver Trevor Davis.

  10. D-Rome Says:

    You certain he wasn’t talking about DeShaun Watson? He was very confused when calling the game against the Texans.

  11. D-Rome Says:

    Interesting darkhorse picks, LUVMYBUCS. Never considered those teams. I can’t imagine the Lions would move on from Stafford but Brisett, perhaps.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Miami holds their own first-round pick as well as first round selections from the Houston Texans (Laremy Tunsil trade) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Minkah Fitzpatrick trade).

    • #5 Miami
    • #18 Pittsburgh
    • #25 Houston

    Dolphins have their own second and third round choices as well as a second round pick from the New Orleans Saints, which — in addition to other draft compensation later flipped for Rosen

    • #39 Miami
    • #62 New Orleans
    • #70 Miami

    Along with a sh!t load of picks for 2021

  13. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Eisen wants Bucs to keep Winston on pure entertainment value. Guys like him always loves the one liners and a punching bag every week for source material, and Winston has provided a story line almost every week. He has all of them on the edge of their seats every weekend waiting for Jameis to throw his now infamous pick 6. Like vultures on roadkill and we the fans absorb all the embarrassment.

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    There’s been grumbling for awhile now – that Stafford could be on the move this offseason.

  15. Anglican Says:

    Another “Talking Head” – blabbering – you can throw for record number yardage all you want, but the ATM keeps throwing those pics. He will never change, did it in college, he’s carrying his legacy in the pro’s

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV- Up early crunching numbers like I knew you would!
    The tag is the smartest move all the way around. Like you said, let his team do the heavy lifting. Bucs management can sit back, if the numbers are right, sign him. If not, oh well.
    This sentiment that we cannot produce with a different QB is completely asinine.

  17. BigHog Says:

    FAMOUS will return for a deserved 6th, 7th, and 8th season…all BUCS fans should welcome him back and expect a Pro-Bowl season from him and a play-off year for the BUCS……KEEP GRINDING FAMOUS!!!

  18. Jean Lafitte Says:

    If we bring a veteran QB in around $15-20 mil it would certainly almost guarantee we can bring everyone we want back next season.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Top of the morning bredren.
    Win-Win scenario for the BUCS indeed.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says:
    December 31st, 2019 at 6:32 am
    If we bring a veteran QB in around $15-20 mil it would certainly almost guarantee we can bring everyone we want back next season.

    Exactly……we save $5 mil from this year’s Jameis Salary…..add that to the new cap increase and we would be able to sign everyone we have plus give an increase to Godwin.

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    $58 million

    The LA Chargers are expected to have more than $58 million in cap space. The Chargers’ impending unrestricted free agents include running back Melvin Gordon, Tight End Hunter Henry, and receiver Travis Benjamin.

  22. AwShbucs Says:

    Arians tough talk about Winston is just posturing for negotiations sake.

    Eisen is right, Jameis will be back next season.

  23. geno711 Says:

    I was very impressed with the Buc’s to a large degree after Evans and Godwin went down. The no name receivers were still open all game long. Is that a product that hardly any teams can cover anymore or was that a product of Leftwich and BA just getting those guys prepared.

  24. mark2001 Says:

    Why not? More jollies and excitement for America’s Clown show and the fans. Let’s face it…winners and losers…and we know what this organization has been for most of the last 50 years.

  25. SteveK Says:

    Opponents averaged 7.5 ppg off turnovers from Jameis this year.

    The average INT rate was 2.3% of passes. Winston was 4.8%. Unacceptable. Cut Winston’s INTs in half, and he’s still top 5. 10 more INTs then the next worst guy (Rivers 20).

    Drew Brees just averaged 75%+ completion rate. Did Jameis have 60%?

    How much more offense could QBs across the league generate if they were just as careless as Jameis is in regards to protecting the football? The offense: yards and points are fools gold when you have to suffer this many turnovers.

    7-7 headed into the last two weeks, home games, and all jameis does is throw half a dozen picks and lose twice when he had the chance to overcome his mistakes (and the teams’s) at the end.

    And to come out and say “I’m ballin!” Dude- no you’re not. Your wildly flinging the football. Pat Mahomes, Drew Brees, Russel Wilson- they’re balling.

    The QBs in the playoffs this year are also “ballin” more so the. Winston: the QBs in the playoffs are averaging 7 INTs. Jameis has more than 4 x the picks.

    Cut bait. Fans deserve more and do do teammates that don’t also play recklessly.

  26. down in the dirt doug Says:

    Jameis is not the bubble boy.He hears the constant bashing from 60 percent of our fan base.The man has feelings and has to be hurt by the lack of class from some of our fans.What happens if Jameis wants out.some will say great while the rest of us will think that he may still go on to greatness.

  27. SteveK Says:


    I can understand that sentiment. Fans should be hacked off. Winston lied to us and got suspended. And he turns it over nor the anyone. And we lose.

    We can’t overcome his giveaways. He does a lot of
    Great things, but also the worst things.

    Most pick 6’s in a season.

  28. adam from ny Says:

    i take stafford in a heartbeat if he’s available…

    look at his numbers over 8 games this year, then pro-rate them over 16…

    best qb in the league this year if pro-rated…

    approx 5,000 yards 38td 10 int…

    don’t be stupid…we want the mofo in tampa

  29. adam from ny Says:

    a decade of losing +jameis doesn’t draw the fan base…and the uber incident emptied the stands out hardcore

  30. 1sparkybuc Says:

    No need for trolls when you have “fans” like these..

  31. Hodad Says:

    If Jameis comes back will the fans? I know what Jameis can do, and what he can’t. He can put up big numbers which is great, but can’t cut his turnovers, or win games. With several games on the line this year he choked with pick sixes. He doesn’t have the clutch gene, he has the choke gene. We saw it his last game in college when he choked away the championship, and his last game this year. Name one meaningful big game win from this guy in five years?

  32. down in the dirt doug Says:

    SteveK–you are 100% correct–Jameis has been a disappointment in a hundred different ways.We can afford to suffer with Jameis for one more year,BA has had great success with quarterbacks their second year.NO LONG TERM DEAL TIL AFTER A SUCCESSFUL YEAR.

  33. adam from ny Says:

    after 6+hours of covering the bucs games plus long preparations, rich eisen still can’t pronounce “ogunbawale”…

    so he is no one to take seriously anymore…he is slipping hardcore…

    pair him with matt millen for booth madness

  34. George Rauh Says:

    Steve K has a point. I’m sure most of the QB’s out there could put up a ton of yards if they are not worried about INT’s and just wing the ball around.

  35. adam from ny Says:

    but do i think rich eisen should run for president of the united states?…

    my answer is yes…

    and with matt millen as his running mate…

    hot ticket son!

  36. BrianBucs Says:

    At this point, only the Glazers, Licht and Arians know if Winston returns or not. Everybody else is just guessing.

  37. Posey99 Says:

    Empty Seats, folks. That’s our main problem. As entertaining as joe and other fan’s think winston is… he’s not filling seats because we are not winning.

  38. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Hodad funny you ask that. My brother and I were discussing that same question and neither of us could come up with a single answer. He has scored with minutes to go in the last possession, but always in a losing effort.

  39. Joe in Michigan Says:

    So Jameis didn’t play a part in the 7 wins we had this year? The 9 games we would’ve won if our kicker made a kick?

  40. '79Defense Says:

    This stupid “30-30 Club” is getting too much attention. To get to this “club” you have to have the 30TDs, for starters. That’sa hell of a lot better than having 14TDs and 30ints. That 30th int did suck but nearly all the outrage would be non existent if it didn’t happen.

    In other words, one bad pass is causing many people to get their panties all in a wad (of course they will say no, it’s the five years of interceptions).

    I don’t think you let Jameis go. You need to give him another year with Arians.

  41. tony Says:

    Jameis will return.

  42. Craig Says:

    Eisen doesn’t care for this, or any other, franchise. He sees the must see TV ratings.

    Just about every NFL player has been playing since they were about 7. Almost all of them can throw a football. What makes a QB is the decisions made with those throws. Jameis doesn’t make the right decisions.

    Every other QB doesn’t make those 50-50 throws because they are anathema to ball safety. Almost every throw that Winston makes could go either way. His game really is one of inches. His receivers bail him out too much. Perriman snatched three sure interceptions out of the hands of defenders last Sunday and it wasn’t enough.

    Jameis needs to go because there is no change he can make for the better. He is what he is and that is dangerous for a successful football team

  43. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Note to Jaymiss. Spend the offseason figuring out HOW TO THROW THE BALL AWAY without getting flagged. Knowing the rules, it does not appear that difficult.

  44. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Sorry Craig but you are showing what you do not know , which is the fact that when a defender has his back turned to the QB is that defender is way less than 50-50 due to the fact he cannot see the ball coming , but the WR can. JW looks for defenders backs on long throws and he knows his guys have a much better chance of coming down with the catch.
    The league is going towards QB’s that can hurt you with their arms or their legs equally as the gold standard. Taysom Hill is an RFA and his tender is prolly a 2nd rounder or lower. I would sign him to an offer sheet in a heartbeat , kid can play.

  45. D-Rome Says:

    I didn’t realize the Dolphins had so many picks, LUVMYBUCS. They finished the season 5-11. Ownership and the GM were trying to tank by having a fire sale this year. The players thought otherwise. Pretty amazing the Dolphins only ended up losing two fewer games than the Bucs.

  46. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    Top 5 in passing yards? not one of them in the playoffs.

    Best 5 by int %? ALL in the playoffs.

    Winston’s rank? 32nd. Dead last.

  47. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Dolphins coach is on record stating that he only cares about two things : discipline and effort and he believes that will win more games by far than talent , that is why the purge occurred in Miami , and I am not sure I disagree with that philosophy. Miami was the least penalized team in the NFL.

  48. Wayne PEREZ Says:

    It’s more the kickers fault cost us 3 games he’s a pos

  49. Kobe Faker Says:

    “The new NFL is a passing league

    Pass to your team

    Pass to the opposing team

    Just Pass the damn ball”

    Roger Goodell

  50. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    POS is the dumb a$$ GM Licht Brain that totally wasted a 2nd rounder and a 5th rounder on a FREAKING KICKER and the dumb a$$ Glazer boys that gave him a 5 year extension for what??????????????

  51. Smashsquatch Says:

    We need a big durable QB with a big arm who and can absorb a lot of hits while driving the ball downfield in a vertically designed offense. Winston fits this description perfectly, too bad he throws so many picks and chokes under pressure. I wonder what it would take to pry the rights to Andrew Luck away from the Colts and convince him to play. This team is ready to win now, just need a reliable QB.

  52. John.L Says:

    Wayne PEREZ,so I guess the 30 ints this year don’t count! Stop choking on the sausage! POS..

  53. Pewter power Says:

    Draft a qb even two, franchise winston and call it a day. I’m fine with him coming back but not on a long term contract until he has at least one season where he doesnt sabotage the team with his poor decisions

  54. Tattoodonny Says:

    In this offense, you don’t make your opinion on the QB play until the 2nd year. If Jameis still can’t cut down his picks like Payton did & Palmer did THEN you decide to cut bait. Besides this isn’t the year to draft a rookie QB, next year is. There’s a better bunch of QBs entering the 2021 draft then this draft. Let those teams that also need a QB get theirs this year, that way the teams you expect to see st the top if they get there again, you’ll have a better chance of trading up if you need to. Give Jameis the franchise tag or a short term contract, that way you have experience st that position and a young guy to watch him in this offense. Let’s get done OL and a running back that teams fear, not like this year no defense worried about our running game.

  55. Mike in MO Says:

    I’d rather have Teddy Bridgewater any day than a neutered/scared Jameis who is so focused on limiting his interceptions that he can’t look down the field anymore.

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well, there are not many here who want Jameis back, especially coming off such an emotional loss.

    So I’m going to attempt to be the voice of reason.

    It’s always good to have a backup plan, right? If not happy with your current job, you don’t quit to look for a new one. You keep the old one until you find a new one. If you want a new car, you don’t get rid of the old one before you get the new one, otherwise you ride the bus.

    It seems to me, the smart move is to franchise Jameis. No, I do not believe we will get 2 first rounders because someone tenders him an offer while franchised…because I don’t believe any team would do that.

    The history of Arians quarterbacks is why I would franchise Jameis. Simply because they traditionally throw a lot of picks their first year under him, and then become near elite after that is reason to keep Jameis around for 2020. The franchise tag accomplishes that without a long term commitment.

    I also think it is smart to bring in a backup who has the potential to become the starter if Jameis fails to produce next year. It should be a veteran, because the chances of getting a rookie that Arians has time to groom are slim. But if we go with 3 QBs in 2020, we can get the vet backup AND a rookie.

    My suggestion for the backup is Ryan Tannehill. He is the type of QB that suits Arians style, he is only 32, and his picks are not bad. He is also healthy, which we need with this Oline.

    Would I feel this way if Jameis had not shown any improvement this year? No. But:

    • His yards exploded
    • His touchdowns exploded
    • He worked well with WRs who were unfamiliar to him

    The interceptions are the only sore spot with him, and the way I see it, they happen for two reasons:

    • He stares down targets. This is fixable through practice once he is immersed in the system
    • If you look at his career stats, his trend is that his interceptions increase as his sacks increase. This is fixable. Address the offensive line properly, and get him to release the balk quicker at times (which comes with system familiarity).

    I know the way this season ended is still raw for a lot of people, but hopefully they will think more level-headed given time.

    Now, the truth?

    I think there is a good chance the franchise tag is only Arians fallback plan. I think the Bucs plan to offer Jameis a contract…otherwise, why even mention ‘contract negotiations?’

  57. Colonel_mp Says:

    One year full of incentives. Give him a deal that is $30+ only if he throws 15 or fewer interceptions. Make the INTs hit him where these million dollar guys really see it, on a pay check. No way I would keep my job with over 100 mistakes in a 5 year span.

  58. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Bruce Arians offense is almost exactly like Dirk Koetters offense. All the concepts were closely the same only the language was different so I disagree that Jameis stepped into this offensive philosophy cold after playing two seasons under Dirk.

  59. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Mike in MO Says
    “I’d rather have Teddy Bridgewater…”

    Then you are short-sighted. Bridgewater had a good year in a backup role. It is all he will ever be. Don’t buy into the one-year-wonder hype. He simple does not have it in him.

  60. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says
    “Bruce Arians offense is almost exactly like Dirk Koetters offense.”

    I thought the same thing at first. True, they are both vertical offenses, but that’s as far as it goes.

    Just the fact that Godwin, Evans and Perriman thrived, red zone scoring is better, and yes, QB production is better. There must be some key differences.

    Though, I will admit, it could be due to coaching quality.

  61. gotbbucs Says:

    Eisen is a sensationalist. Everything is above and beyond and over the top. I’m surprised he doesn’t want the Bucs to sign his man crush, Kaepernick.

    He has no inside information on anything or anybody, the epitome of a talking head.

  62. Posey99 Says:

    “The interceptions are the only sore spot with him”

    Add 12 fumbles, and poor pocket awareness and I absolutely agree with everything you said.

    I like the tannehill move i also like Rivers.

    I’d like to draft a RT or stud running back in the 1st round. Look for a rookie QB in the 2nd like Jalen Hurts, etc

  63. TOM Says:

    Trade Winston for Stafford or Carr or Dalton or McClaren or Fitz. I don.t care as long as he’s gone. Just sign our core of defensive FA’s.

  64. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    If Jameis comes back I will be excited and I’m a season ticket holder. I want to see what he does in year 2 with Arians. Go Bucs!

  65. Buc1987 Says:

    With the talent that’s on the offensive side of the team…I more than willing to bet an average QB could or would put up same or better #’s than Winston.

    I want to find out.

  66. adam from ny Says:

    @ bonsai:

    if winston is resigned you can’t have tannehill breathing down his neck…

    now kapernick is another story…

    that is an interesting, super legit back up /slash/ starter laying in the weeds right behind jaboo…

    i like it a whole lot better than gabbert…

    attention joes – we will then have 2 legit “mr. excitements” on the team…jaboo and kapernick

  67. adam from ny Says:

    having tannehill breathing down jaboo’s neck is worse than fitzie rubbing his beard on jameis’ ear lobes in the locker room 🙂

  68. Brandon Says:

    Colonel_mp Says:
    December 31st, 2019 at 9:11 am
    One year full of incentives. Give him a deal that is $30+ only if he throws 15 or fewer interceptions. Make the INTs hit him where these million dollar guys really see it, on a pay check. No way I would keep my job with over 100 mistakes in a 5 year span.


    Great in theory but you don’t want to castrate your QB. Former Jet QB Ken O’Brien had clauses worked into his contract that might have ruined him as a QB. He had escalators for completion percentage as well as rating. The end result was he became the most sacked QB in the league because he rarely threw the ball away or took risks. The Jets and him were awful because of it. You want an escalator clause? Pro Bowls, All Pro, wins, playoffs. That’s it.

  69. #1bucfan Says:

    Bonzai so tru bro. Honestly most of me wants Winston back just don’t know if I can stomach the boneheaded throws anymore. I don’t think there’s a better option out there to replace Winston next year. Keep him but deff bring in someone else in case he has a meltdown an throws 4 or 5 picks in a game again. Winston is just to bipolar sometimes

  70. TexBuc Says:

    I like the scoring and long pass plays with Winston, but I will defer to BA’s judgement on whether or not he brings him back. I prefer to discuss our draft and possible free agents.

  71. T REX Says:

    7-7 headed into the last two weeks, home games, and all jameis does is throw half a dozen picks and lose twice when he had the chance to overcome his mistakes (and the teams’s) at the end.

    And to come out and say “I’m ballin!” Dude- no you’re not. Your wildly flinging the football. Pat Mahomes, Drew Brees, Russel Wilson- they’re balling.

    The QBs in the playoffs this year are also “ballin” more so the. Winston: the QBs in the playoffs are averaging 7 INTs. Jameis has more than 4 x the picks.

    Cut bait. Fans deserve more and do do teammates that don’t also play recklessly.

    SteveK – great post bud. Spot on!

  72. Wesley Says:

    If he does there will be NO reason to get excited for next season. How can anyone be optimistic regarding Jameis. Is he just suddenly going to stop making horrible decisions with the ball? No.

  73. Craig Says:

    Bucs Fan since 1976: if Jameis was so damned careful with where he chucked that duck he calls a pass, where did the 30 interceptions come from?

  74. Troy Says:

    If the Glazers weren’t guaranteed to make money because of the TV contract and revenue sharing in the NFL, I promise you Winston would be gone. They have no reason to care about the fans because they don’t have worry about ticket sales for profit.

  75. July Joe Says:

    JAMEIS WILL GET PAID $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$



  76. Nate Says:


  77. Jim Says:

    Keep Winston. I can’t believe this is even a debate. He broke records with the Bucs. He makes any receiver look good.

  78. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    Gotta keep Winston at least 1 more year!! All the bantering with Ndoggy would be missed too much next year!!

  79. MadMax Says:

    No he wont…..unless LUV’s scenario plays out….then again, no he wont for the long term!

  80. Stanglassman Says:

    Smart & Correct take there by Eisen.