"It's pretty difficult to say with a straight face that we're not going to give Jameis that opportunity to win it right away," Licht said. "He's the first overall pick. We think he's very advanced in terms of his ability to play and pick up schemes and concepts and learn the playbook relative to most rookies, or any rookie we've scouted in recent history. So he's gonna have every opportunity."
Winston will be competing with quarterback Mike Glennon for the starting role.
Winston pitched as a reliever for two baseball seasons while attedning Florida State University and had discussed in the past his goal of playing professional baseball.
Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012, but since then has battled injury and ineffectiveness, falling short of 500 yards in each of the last two seasons.
Martin remains in line to be Tampa Bay's No. 1 rusher at the start of 2015, but he will have to prove himself in order to be rewarded with a new contract.
Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Thursday night.
According to Ian Rapoport, citing a source, the contract is for four years, $25.35 million, and includes a $16.7 million signing bonus.
"I'm rich off happiness," Winston said, per the Tampa Tribune. "I'm not motivated by money, not at all."