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Winston Signs Rookie Deal with Bucs

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Jameis Winston, the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, on Friday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound former Heisman Trophy winner received a four-year deal worth $25.35 million, including a $16.69 million signing bonus.

The contract is completely guaranteed under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

"It's something we wanted to do," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said about signing Winston. "And it was something where they had no reluctancy, either. It was fairly smooth. We wanted Jameis to start off on the right foot. There's no reason to punish Jameis. He's going to be treated contractually in terms of money just like any other first overall pick."

Winston will wear No. 3 for the Bucs.

"I'm glad we got the contract stuff out of the way," Winston said. "I'm just looking forward to getting with the team. We've got some great teammates and I'm looking forward to working with the coaching staff. Just playing some football. This whole thing has been long for me. But football is what I'm here for and I can't wait."

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Winston Goes First to Bucs, Mariota Second to Titans

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- There were no curve balls to start the 2015 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the first overall pick on former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, while the Tennessee Titans stayed put and selected former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second pick.

It's long been thought that Winston would be the first pick of the draft, but off-field character concerns left some doubt that the former Heisman Trophy winner would end up in Florida.

"When we were doing the exhaustive process that we went through, not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said. "We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That's one of the things that makes him a great player."

Meanwhile, there was much speculation that the Titans would trade out of the No. 2 spot with many teams interested in using that pick on Mariota, but in the end this year's Heisman Trophy winner was too difficult to pass up.

"It was going to be difficult to convince us to back out," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said.

Mariota becomes the first Oregon quarterback to be selected in the first round since Joey Harrington in 2002.

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Mariota Scores 33 on Wonderlic; Jameis Winston Had 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Wonderlic scores for Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston won't be among the knocks against them when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose what to do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Mariota scored a 33 out of 50 on the test and Winston a 27, Yahoo! Sports has reported, citing multiple league sources, later posting Mariota's score via Twitter.

That puts both in good company among NFL quarterbacks: Andrew Luck scored a 37 while Aaron Rodgers had a 35, Tom Brady a 33 and Philip Rivers a 30. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson each scored a 28, while Joe Flacco had a 27 and Ben Roethlisberger recorded a 25.

The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes.

A score of 20 is indicative of "average" intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Former Bengals punter Pat McInally, who attended Harvard, is the only prospect known to have scored a perfect 50 on the test.

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David Cornwell: "Winston Not Ready to be an NFL Player Off The Field"

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(NEW YORK) -- Criminal defense attorney David Cornwell became the latest voice to air concerns about the future of quarterback Jameis Winston's NFL career. 

Cornwell, who previously advised and represented Winston stated that he felt Winston was not prepared for the NFL once he was outside the confines of a team facility.

Speaking at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law symposium, David Cornwell said, "He's ready to be an NFL player on the field, but he's not ready to be an NFL player off the field."

Cornwell clarified that he felt most college age young men were not ready for the life of a professional athlete. 

"I don't think anyone is ready," Cornwell said. "No one is ready for this (NFL) world when they come into it."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rumored to be ready to select Winston with the first overall pick on April 30 in the 2015 NFL draft. Though, a report from Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson suggests that one of the team's owners could have reservations about the selection as it relates to the family's charitable foundation.

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Lovie Smith Is a Fan of Jameis Winston

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has no problem with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Smith believes that the former Heisman Trophy winner has moved past his off-the-field issues and thinks he's doing his best to mature.

"What do you want a quarterback to do? Well, you want him to be able to win and get people to believe that you can help be the reason why we win every game," Smith explained. "I think he's done that. He's got a track record -- he's got a Heisman behind him. He's got a national championship."

"You start talking to his teammates and they all say the same thing," Smith continued. "You talk to coaches that have been around him in the room. You put him on the board, you start talking about his football intelligence. You let him sell himself. He can sell himself."

Smith is confident that Winston can be a leader and represent the NFL shield in the right way.

"I said it [at the NFL combine] that with the information I had, I was very comfortable with him," Smith said. "Since then, we've had a chance to spend a lot more time with him and nothing has changed. It's even grown a little more now that I know him better.  If we decide to go that direction, we're very comfortable with Jameis being the face of our franchise and the quarterback on our football team."

Smith also did not rule out drafting former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

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Winston 'Would Love' to Play in Tampa

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had an all-day meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday.

The Buccaneers, who hold the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, had team officials meet with the youngster who many believe the Bucs will take with that top pick.

"Being able to play three years in Florida, I would love to stay here in this great state," Winston told the Bucs' website. "I've just got to take advantage of this blessing. It's not really important to me to be the first pick, but it is important to me to be picked. I believe that I have been blessed during my years at Florida State to win a national championship and just be a winning quarterback. And I believe this place -- I would love to be here."

The 6-foot-4, 230 pound Winston played two seasons for Florida State, winning a national championship and Heisman Trophy along the way. He finished his time in Tallahassee completing 66 percent of his passes for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions.

The NFL Draft runs from April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

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Reports: Mariota and Winston to Throw at NFL Combine

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- With the NFL's annual "Underwear Olympics" approaching this weekend, the two most high profile quarterback prospects will participate in passing drills.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota informed teams that he will throw at the NFL combine, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  Florida State's Jameis Winston will also toss passes at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

A shoulder injury had caused Mariota's hesitation to throw at the combine. After being informed that it would not cause further damage, the Oregon Ducks quarterback decided to participate.

Last season, Teddy Bridgewater decided to skip the combine passing drills and only throw at his pro day. Bridgewater was considered a top 10 prospect before his pro day, but was drafted No. 32 by the Minnesota Vikings.

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Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.

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Jameis Winston Declares for NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has declared for this year's NFL draft.

Winston's father, Antonor, said on Tuesday that a timetable for the announcement would be after Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship, but that was short lived.

Winston was still on the fence as of Tuesday and many thought he'd return to Florida State, but Antonor told ESPN's David M. Hale that his son made a firm decision late Tuesday night.

"After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State," Winston said in the statement released by The Legacy Agency, who will represent him. "I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom."

The Tampa Bay Buccaners have the first pick in this year's draft.

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith told's Gil Arcia that he was "extremely impressed" by Winston's performance, even in the blowout loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but is not convinced about his ability.

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Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- Jameis Winston appears to be leaning towards playing another season of Seminoles football.

Winston seems intent on leading Florida State to another National Championship after a beat down at the hands of Oregon and Marcus Mariota in Saturday's Rose Bowl.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be picking No.1 in the 2015 NFL draft. If both Mariota and Winston were to declare -- they are both underclassmen -- the Bucs would have a difficult choice to make. According to's Gil Arcia, Tampa Bay Head Coach Lovie Smith "was extremely impressed" by Winston's performance, even in the loss, but is not convinced about the player's availability.

This thought of Winston returning to Florida State was supported by Florida native and former NFL quarterback Shaun King.

"Lil birdie telling me jameis is staying in school and will not enter the 2015 draft.....," King said on Twitter.

While many thought it was just an evasive response, when asked by reporters what his plans for the future were after the Rose Bowl, Winston responded, "I'm not focused on that at all. I'm looking forward to next season and playing baseball. So I'm just trying to get better every day."

The date to declare for the NFL draft is January 15.

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