New Orleans Saints must fill out roster with one more quarterback
The New Orleans Saints have had a tremendous offseason so far, and the last piece to the puzzle is a third quarterback to backup Taysom Hill and Drew Brees.
Some are calling Sean Payton‘s bluff when he says the New Orleans Saints are going to give the keys of the offense to Hill following Brees’ departure, for now merely calling him their second option.
Payton noted that Hill has “earned” the opportunity to be the team’s No. 2. He’ll slide into that spot after Teddy Bridgewater left for a divisional foe, the Carolina Panthers. That said, Brees is expected to retire after the coming season or the one following.
Either way, the Saints are going to have to be prepared for the aftermath that is to follow once Brees retires. To be fair, they could find their future in the free agency pool, a group that still has players like Jameis Winston and Cam Newton.
Or, they could go with Hill to lead them in the future.
They also currently have the No. 24 overall pick.
While they could maneuver to make the cap space to bring in a player like Jameis Winston, the thought is that the Saints will either move up to take Jordan Love or they’ll fall in love with a late-round quarterback and try to groom them to be Brees’ successor.
An aging, high-profile quarterback addition would be shocking.
The reason for skepticism around Hill is his lack of use in Payton’s system. Sure, the system could morph, but believing what he does, you’d think Hill would’ve given more than a mere 13 attempts in the last two seasons combined.
Even if Hill is the move, the team is still going to need one more quarterback, especially if they want to use Hill as the versatile threat he is, lining him up on the edge or out wide.
Jake Fromm seems like an obvious play as his lacking final season at Georgia has caused his draft value to tank. Selecting him, a more traditional pocket-throwing quarterback in the third or fourth round after a linebacker or cornerback to open the draft, would be ideal.
Regardless of who it is, expect the Saint to secure one more quarterback in the coming months.