Number One: Allow Taysom Hill to Depart
On March 7, 2020, the New Orleans Saints placed a first-round tender on quarterback Taysom Hill; meaning if a different team were to sign him in free agency, the Saints would receive their 2020 first-round draft pick.
The Saints front office would be genius to allow Taysom to sign with a different team in order to claim an additional first round pick. Hill, 29, is an unproven quarterback who has been known as a bit of a “swiss army knife” type of player in recent years.
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Hill is a great team player and is always willing to do what needs to be done in order to win games but he is rather unproven at the quarterback position at the NFL level. Taysom’s lack of playing quarterback at the NFL level could resurface those concerns, and it’s truly unknown if his dominance at a position not QB will continue well into the future given his age.
He has yet to hit the injury report in his NFL career, but Hill also hasn’t played more than 23 percent of the teams’ offensive snaps in a season. Being a full time starter in the NFL and not getting injured is extremely hard to do and with Taysom’s injury history I’m not sold that Taysom would be able to hold up for a full season.
Not only are injuries a concern, but Taysom’s stats in his limited action could raise some eyebrows. Taysom has completed just 46.2 percent of his passes for 119 yards and one interception in his career passing the ball.
Taysom hasn’t taken full advantage of his playing time at the quarterback position but his talent and athleticism have allowed him to see playing time at other positions. But, is it enough to secure him a deal that nears eight figures?
The Saints lack of draft picks and dire need of a reliable quarterback could see the team allowing Taysom Hill to depart in free agency and look towards the draft for addition help at fulling out the position.