When Jameis Winston was selected with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers many onlookers expected the NFL franchise to quickly implement a set of rules and regulations for the young quarterback.
These expecations came after Winston's off field antics during his college career left some questioning his readiness to make it in the pro game and, according to reports today, the Bucs have indeed clamped down on the former Florida State Seminole.
However, rather than their own version of the 'Dez rules', Tampa Bay's first attempts to ensure Jameis Winston develops into a franchise quarterback has seen them ban the young star from another kind of off-field activity altogether.
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According to Peter King of MMBQ, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ensured that Jameis Winston will not play baseball at all during his time with the franchise. This by adding a clause stating as much in Winston's rookie contract.
Having excelled in the sport from a young age, and having played for Florida State outside of his football commitments, some had wondered whether the QB would seek a two-sport future. Winston himself alluded to the possibility earlier this year.
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King notes that the Bucs' decision to make a 'no baseball' rule official in Winston's contract was spurred on by the player's comments at the NFL Combine when he told the reporter that being a dual-sport athlete was a dream.
Protecting their investment
Having handed Jameis Winston a four-year contract worth $25.35 million, including a $16.69 million signing bonus, it should come as no surprise that Tampa Bay are looking to do everything they can to protect their investment.
With current NFL quarterback star Russell Wilson having talked up his prospects of playing baseball recently too, the franchise are trying to stamp out and similar thoughts Winston may have had.
Whilst Tampa Bay's baseball clause is the first wrinkle in Winston's contract to become public there are no doubt many more intricate rules and regulations in the document the young QB signed on Friday.
Heading into the draft we were all aware of Winston's off-field issues - ranging from misdemeanours to criminal accusations - and experts across the NFL were unanimous in insisting the Bucs should have a plan in place to handle the player's transition to the pro game.
What do you think Bucs fans? Are you confident that Jameis Winston can be a franchise QB for years to come? Let us know in the comments section below...
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