A recent NFL executive predicted the New Orleans Saints to go all in and name Taysom Hill the Saints’ 2020 starter.
The New Orleans Saints have an interesting quarterback predicament going into the free agency period this year. All three rostered quarterbacks for the Saints contracts expired at the end of this year. Brees and Bridgewater are unrestricted and Hill is restricted.
Each of them presents a case as being the starting quarterback of the future. Drew Brees has spent his life with the New Orleans Saints and given all he has to the city and the organization. He is a future Hall-of-Famer and has just come off of a historic season.
Teddy Bridgewater, signed as a backup to Brees off of his injury a couple of years ago, came in during week 2 when Brees went down with a thumb injury and proceeded to win that game. He went on to win the next five in all of his starts with the Saints this year.
Taysom Hill, on the other hand, is the Swiss Army knife of all quarterbacks. He has the ability to throw the ball over 50 yards like we saw last Sunday. He also has the ability to run and to catch, like we also saw on Sunday.
The thought of keeping Taysom Hill as your starting quarterback and letting the other two walk is not the craziest thought in the world, but it definitely would be a shock to the entire NFL. However, it’s some NFL executives that think he should make that move.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported, “Wouldn’t come as a total shock to see Sean Payton move forward with Taysom Hill as the starting QB,” one NFC exec said. “Sean always has been intrigued by athletic quarterbacks and how to utilize them. Taysom is a talented guy.”
This would be a wildly historic move for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints to chose a dual-threat quarterback over a future Hall-of-Famer and a proven 5-0 starter. This is not unprecedented however, this is the way the game is moving.
As Fowler said, “The thought of Payton drawing up chaotic misdirection with Hill and Alvin Kamara on a full-time basis should excite New Orleans fans.”