The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Jameis Winston to a four-year contract less than 24 hours after selecting the quarterback with the first pick of the NFL draft.
Terms details of the deal, announced during Winston’s introductory news conference on Friday, were not released. The contract includes an option for a fifth year.
Winston said he was “glad we have the contract stuff out of the way,” adding he can’t wait to get a copy of the team’s playbook and start working.
Talks began Thursday, when the Bucs selected the former Florida State star, despite questions about off-the-field issues that threatened to undermine Winston’s spot in the draft.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the speedy conclusion with the contract was a reflection of how elated the team is to have Winston, as well as the quarterback’s excitement with being picked by Tampa Bay.