New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent quarterback, Taysom Hill is reportedly not signing his tender offer with the Saints just yet.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report, restricted free agent Taysom Hill is refusing to sign his one-year tender offer from the New Orleans Saints worth approximately $4.7 million over the next season.
Hill made it abundantly clear this offseason that his goal is to be a starting quarterback, and if necessary, would leave the Saints to accomplish that goal. The Saints then turned around and re-signed Drew Brees to a two-year contract.
That basically locked in for at the very least next year Brees will continue to be the starting quarterback. It also virtually guaranteed that backup Teddy Bridgewater would sign elsewhere for a larger contract as well.
Speculation has two outcomes 1) the New Orleans Saints see Taysom Hill as the quarterback of the future or 2) they just want to retain him because of his Swiss-Army knife skills and find another quarterback of the future.
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In my own personal opinion, option two is the better one. However, Hill wants to be more than that, but at almost 30 years old and throwing a total of 13 NFL career passes, his starting quarterback days might be behind him.
However, even though Hill has not formally signed his tender, he still plans to participate in the New Orleans Saints offseason workouts barring he can get a letter stating he would still be guaranteed the money should an injury occur.
The deadline for teams to sign the restricted free agent has passed. Therefore, Hill is only left with two options: sign the Saints one-year tender for $4.7 million or don’t play at all this season. It is hard to see Hill sitting out over this, but stranger things have happened.
Presumably, Hill will sign the tender and worry about next year, next year when he will look to sign a starting quarterback role. For now, he needs to be content with the Saints and how they see fit to use him.