New Orleans Saints: Taysom Hill or Teddy Bridgewater, choose one?
The Better Option
Ultimately, this decision will come down to Sean Payton, his coaching staff, and money. To make matters more interesting, Sean Payton is reportedly “secretly intrigued” by a full-time running quarterback.
Does that mean anything and is there any truth behind it? Who knows. But Payton did opt to go with Bridgewater once Brees went down, so that should at least have some sort of meaning to it.
Hill is an RFA this offseason and there’s not a doubt in my mind that the Saints will keep him. Bridgewater is a different story. He will have a very good market waiting for him once free agency hits and even if Brees retires, the Saints will still be on the hook for over $21 million no matter what.
I’m not sure the Saints would want to spend big money on a quarterback considering the amount of cap hit already, but I can’t put anything past Mickey Loomis and his mastery of working around the salary cap.
Overall, if I had to choose a quarterback of the future, I’d have to stick with Bridgewater.
I really loved how the team rallied around him and how hard they played during that stretch. I believe he can only get better with a full year in the Saints system as a starter and that Sean Payton can game plan accordingly to his strengths.
I also have my doubts about Hill starting full-time and his long term durability; can he take big hits on a regular basis? Can he develop into a legit passer? Running quarterbacks don’t last very long in the NFL.
Look at Cam Newton for example, who is 6-foot-5, 245 pounds. After his 2016 MVP season, which included a trip to the Super Bowl, Newton has sharply declined and has missed the majority of the last 2 seasons due to injury.
No matter who the Saints choose, I trust Sean Payton to make the right decision. I’m a fan of both of these quarterbacks and want them to succeed no matter where they end up. But if given the choice, I would no doubt have to go with the sure option in Teddy Bridgewater.