Could New Orleans Saints’ Taysom Hill sign with the Panthers?
There will be multiple teams at least tossing offers at the New Orleans Saints’ restricted free agent Taysom Hill. But, it’s the Carolina Panthers, an NFC South, rival that may truly make the most sense.
The Carolina Panthers started Will Grier and Kyle Allen for the bulk of the team’s games last season. It seems like, after another injury-plagued season, that Cam Newton‘s time in Carolina is all but over.
For the Panthers, last season was tough. They lost their last eight straight games and watched their quarterback play continue to decline throughout the season.
After all, Grier threw four interceptions with zero touchdowns in his two starts while Allen threw 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his 12 starts. Even with MVP-hopeful Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, the Panthers weren’t getting anywhere offensively.
That’s where the combination of Taysom Hill and the No. 7 overall pick comes into play. Many of the teams with the top pick already have their “franchise” quarterback. That’ll allow solid quarterbacks to slip. The Panthers could be looking at Tua and/or Justin Herbert.
They could struggle.
If they do struggle, having a versatile backup would be ideal. Hill, who was a receiver, tight end, running back, and quarterback throughout 2019, would be the perfect addition. They can toss an offer at the 29-year-old that the Saints couldn’t match as well.
Herbert is a great young talent as is Tua. But, at the end of the day, they could struggle and opponents could easily gameplan for them. With a multi-talented Hill to combine with the speed of CMC, the Panthers offensively ceiling would be virtually unattainable.
The Panthers like won’t look back to Allen or Grier, and Teddy Bridgewater, given their other needs, may be out of their budget. However, with a team that ranked within the last five in offensive efficiency, they just need talent.
They need production.
Even if it’s not at quarterback, Hill gives them that.