Simply put, the Saints are in a very tough position when it comes to finding their future quarterback, and it is one that they easily could have avoided.
Whether it was drafting Hurts or Jackson, Brees retiring and opening up the door for Brady, or simply starting Winston and not paying Hill, there is a lot of decisions that could have been to better their future outlook.
Yet, they’ve had several missteps, and now may face the consequences.
Unless Hurts is available via trade, Cam Newton or Mac Jones probably are the only outside options that both make sense and are attainable. I’d love to see the Saints be able to draft Jones or Lance, but will that be possible given where they will be picking?
See, this is why having extra draft capital to work with would be useful!
At the end of the day, Payton gives this team a high floor. However, you can’t help but wonder how bright of a future this organization would have if they had made just ONE decision differently.
I’m incredibly intrigued to see what takes place this offseason, but for now, we’ll see if the Saints can reap the short-term benefit of remaining committed to winning a Super Bowl title for Brees.