The New Orleans Saints are bringing back Drew Brees for his 20th NFL season, but they will need to fill the possible backup void should Teddy Bridgewater depart in free agency.
With Drew Brees announcing his return to the New Orleans Saints in an Instagram post last month, it appears Teddy Bridgewater‘s chances of leaving the Big Easy are great. Brees stated “My feelings about the 2020 season! I look forward to the grind and the journey, for the reward at the end will be worth it!!! Love you #WhoDatNation. Let’s make another run at it!”
While Taysom Hill will not get his chance to be the headlining quarterback for the Saints in 2020, he has another year to prove why he is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle need on this team.
With that being said, the only quarterback slot we will be looking to fill will be the backup role that Bridgewater filled these few past seasons.
The easy choice for Saints fans would be to bring Teddy back, but as most analytical fans know, this won’t be financially doable. Bridgewater will command a starting salary and will be given something too generous for the Saints to afford with Drew back and Taysom waiting in the wings.
The most sensible option for free agency is to sign former saints quarterback Chase Daniel. This isn’t the sexiest or flashiest choice, but it’s the best for the teams’ situation.
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Daniel gives the team depth, leadership, and familiarity with Sean Payton’s system. It’s unlikely for Brees to go down again like he did last year, but Daniel could be effective if needed. His price tag would also be in range with something reasonable.
The options you’ll see come across media will be Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, and Andy Dalton (via trade).
Try not to listen to any of the people spreading that type of information. While all of these are better quarterbacks than Daniel, free-agent signings are about what YOU specifically need, and not trying to fit someone into something that may not be there.
Honorable mentions for signing possibilities if Chase Daniel goes somewhere else include: Josh McCown, Case Keenum, Trevor Siemian, Matt Moore, and Mike Glennon.
This isn’t a pretty list, but for second-string guys that won’t break the bank and get a few wins, the Saints will need some options.