Saints’ Jameis Winston is the best free agent QB in 2022
The New Orleans Saints went into 2021 knowing that they would have a decision to make about the future leader of their team. Future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees retired, and the black and gold needed to decide to run with a QB on their roster, sign one, or draft one.
Obviously, they opted to re-sign Jameis Winston to a one-year contract, and they restructured Taysom Hill to a monster fully-voidable contract, so that he could also be a free agent next season. What if they decide that they need to look for another quarterback next season?
Unfortunately, quarterback-wise, it is going to be a very uneventful free agency as it looks now. Currently, the highest plaid player scheduled to hit the market is Ben Roethlisberger, but he is also nearing the end of his career.
Even looking at a preview of the 2022 free agency period, Saints’ Jameis Winston is going to be the best available QB on the market.
Outside of him, Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, and Sam Darnold highlight the field with Winston and Hill, assuming the Saints void those years for Hill (that seems relatively unlikely).
Out of the quarterbacks listed, I am taking Jameis Winston. That means that even if the team wanted to get another quarterback option at the end of next year, the one they have now is still their best option heading into 2022.
Also, this means that the team should extend Winston or Hill as soon as they figure out who is going to be their long-term starter. With them being the best on the market, teams are going to be after them as soon as the season ends.
The good news is that the team gets a time period to decide if Winston still has it or not. With him being the best available though that window becomes shorter before teams who need a quarterback realize that they can attain Winston.