New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees coming back is good for Taysom Hill
Could Taysom Hill be Drew Brees’ heir to the New Orleans Saints throne?
The best thing that could’ve happened for Taysom Hill’s chance at being the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints was the return of Drew Brees. On Tuesday, Hill got just that, and now, it’s on to free agency.
Like Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill is a free agent this upcoming offseason. That said, when March 18 hits, technically the Saints still will be without a quarterback, but they’ll certainly come to terms on a new deal with Brees in the near future.
That will result in two free-agent quarterbacks potentially leaving and one 41-year-old starter. Not an ideal combination for long-term success, the Saints will likely look to bring back Hill while understanding that Bridgewater can no longer play second fiddle.
The 29-year-old, unlike Bridgewater, is a restricted free agent. However, it’s not quite known what his market value is. He’s a do-it-all style of athlete that is listed as a quarterback yet played all of the offensive skill positions in 2019.
At the end of the day, Hill wants to be a starting quarterback. While his production may not have come from behind center in 2019, he’s wanting to change that, and he may get his wish if he hangs with New Orleans.
The Saints will likely draft an additional quarterback, but following this season, it could be the Taysom Hill show. After all, Sean Payton did compare him to the great Steve Young so clearly he has the belief of the coach.
Hill had 19 receptions, 27 rush attempts and six pass attempts in all of 2019. While he was impressive against the Vikings, Hill’s potential as a full-time starter is greatest in New Orleans. But, he’ll need to stress being under center more often.
It’s possible that Hill stays with New Orleans, and as the Saints will be priced out of the Bridgewater target, it may be Taysom who claims the reigns as the heir to the Saints’ throne.