Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston underwent Lasik surgery recently to repair his vision issue of nearsightedness.
Jameis has been seen squinting for years, a dead giveaway that he had vision issues. Going back to his days as a quarterback at Florida State, Jameis Winston was dubbed "Jameis Squintston." There's even a #Squinston hashtag popular on Twitter. Now, it seems that the Bucs' QB wants to get rid of that embarrassing hashtag.
When you consider that Winston led the NFL with 30 interceptions in 2019, Lasik may have been just what the ophthalmologist ordered. In fairness to Jameis, he also led the league with the most passing yards - 5,109 along with 33 touchdowns.
Winston, who was a No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015, will be an unrestricted free agent next season and could receive a lucrative deal. The question is whether the Buccaneers extend him or he hits the open market. If eye surgery makes a difference in lowering his interception issues, then Lasik was a smart move. The problem is that it's difficult to know just how much the procedure will help him until he gets enough reps for a team to make that determination. And with which team he'll get said reps.
Winston's spokeswoman, Denis White, had a few comments about the Lasik procedure, and ESPN senior NFL insider, Adam Schefter, shared White's thoughts on social media.
Generally, Lasik is such a simple and relatively risk-free procedure; one has to wonder why Winston didn't have the surgery years ago. His upcoming free agency and the possibility of a more lucrative deal come to mind as a possible reason for having the procedure now.
In the end, we'll all have to wait and see if the Lasik procedure has an impact, and which jersey Winston will be wearing. Hopefully, whichever team Jameis plays for, he will no longer be squinting.