The Bucs need to ask Winston if he’s given up on baseball forever. That is what Peter King asked Winston, and he got a less-than-definitive response.
"I can’t speak on that," Winston said when King asked him if he ever would want to play both sports as a pro. "It always has been my dream, but I’m just playing football right now."
All indications are Winston, who was a pitcher at Florida State, is focused totally on football. But his answer left the door open just a little bit.
The Bucs need to make sure that door is closed. It looks as if the Bucs are getting ready to spend the No. 1 overall draft pick -- and millions of dollars -- on Winston. They need to make sure he is not going to want to pull double duty and play baseball down the road.
It’s been done before, most notably by Deion Sanders. But Sanders was a cornerback. Winston is a quarterback, which is a year-round job. If the Bucs draft Winston, they need him at every offseason practice session, because a quarterback is the center of a football team’s universe.
By all accounts, Winston has been saying all the right things in his interviews with NFL teams. He needs to say one more thing -- that he’s done with baseball.