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Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursday night.

— Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio echoes what Rick Stroud had pointed out Thursday before the suspension came down: "What the Buccaneers ultimately do will be driven in large part by the local reaction to the suspension. Which could be why Winston's camp hand picked a Jameis-friendly radio host in Tallahassee to leak the notion that Winston was being suspended simply for failing to report an allegation and not for the underlying behavior."

— Would the Bucs sign another quarterback to challenge Ryan Fitzpatrick and insulate against an injury, or further suspension to Winston? Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman tweeted that the Bucs should sign Colin Kaepernick. It's unlikely, given the politics of all involved. Others have mentioned Teddy Bridgewater, though the Jets have kept him hoping for a sudden demand like this to get a late-round pick for someone they're likely to cut.

— How does the suspension change Bucs fans' perspective of Winston as Tampa Bay's franchise quarterback? We asked in a Twitter poll and the results show a very sympathetic fanbase — after 600-plus votes, 33 percent said "nothing changes at all" and another 38 percent chose "disappointed but keep him," which means 71 percent of fans wanted the Bucs to keep Winston with another 17 percent saying they weren't sure.

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