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5 dark horse quarterback targets the New Orleans Saints should look at

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 13: Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 runs to the locker room following warmups against the Indianapolis Colts at Allegiant Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 13: Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 runs to the locker room following warmups against the Indianapolis Colts at Allegiant Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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To keep the drive alive with the potential quarterbacks that could be under center for the Saints next season, we are going to pretend that Jameis Winston doesn’t sign back, which is a realistic probability.

Their available salary cap is, as normal, lower than low.

In another article, I listed all the groups that the Saints aren’t in. They aren’t in the position to draft a high quarterback; they aren’t in a position to sign a big-name free agent; they are barely in the position to trade for an option at quarterback.

With not a ton going in the Saints’ favor, they may be forced to stick with one of these “dark horse” candidates for their starter next season.

With that already knocking out several handfuls of options at quarterback, the Saints do not have a lot of names to work with. The names they do have, though, could be considered “dark horse” candidates because no one is willing to give them what they deserve.

These are quarterbacks that you wouldn’t normally think about your team pulling out as a starter in Week 1 of an NFL season. However, most of these guys have a proven track record of quality seasons and are still young enough to be long-term options if they pan out.

Here are the top five “dark horse” quarterback options.

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