Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston Changes Agents

After reaching a compromise with the league on his suspension, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has fired his agents, according to PFT. The change has been in the works for a few months, but the timing is still curious. 

Under the league’s personal conduct policy, Winston could have easily been suspended for up to six games after being accused of sexual assault. Instead, Winston’s reps – with help from the NFLPA – negotiated a settlement in which he will miss the first three games of the 2018 season. The suspension also comes with the caveat that Winston could be banned from the league if he commits another infraction.

According to one source, Winston simply wants agents with more experience in the NFL to negotiate his next contract. Winston, for now, is under team control for the next two years as he enters the final year of his original rookie deal plus his 2019 fifth-year option worth $20.9MM. His previous agents – Greg Genske and Kenny Felder – are well-known in the baseball world, but have yet to work out a football contract on this level.

It’s possible that bigger agents will want to steer clear of Winston given his damaged reputation, but the Bucs QB still has tremendous earning potential. If the former first round pick puts up career numbers in 13-game season, he could command a lucrative extension from the Bucs to put him near the top of the QB market.

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9 comments on “Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston Changes Agents

  1. angelsfan1522

    I was unaware his agent was responsible for his actions

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    • tharrie0820

      not once is it even implied that his suspension has anything to do with them bring fired. I guess reading the title and making assumptions from there is a lot easier than reading the article though

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  2. FBA17

    Yeah that will help him! Agent probably told him how he is a screw up. Most athletes prefer to be around enablers.

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  3. brewcrewbernie

    Agents are probably like good riddance scum bag!

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  4. MileHighFan

    This is pretty common, as once a player gets established they are willing to trade personal attention for increased commercialism (i.e., off-the-field earnings), which is an area where the big agencies have lots of contacts.

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    • Stillers12
      Stillers12

      You are correct, but I don’t see any way this dope is going to make outside money doing anything.

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  5. cf24lh

    Not that I am calling for it. But I am interested to see how long it will be before agencies are condemned for representing guys accused of the things Winston has been. The way things are trending in the world today that wouldn’t suprise me in the least. I could see agencies in the future dropping athletes themselves for pr reasons if nothing else.

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    • tsolid

      That’s saying lawyers should be condemned for representing criminals. INSANE

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