New Orleans Saints prove they can’t quit Taysom Hill by extending him

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

This season hasn’t gone according to plan for the New Orleans Saints but they made things seem normal again by once again extending hybrid player Taysom Hill. The Saints and Hill agreed to terms on a four-year extension worth anywhere between $40 million and $95 million, per Adam Schefter.

Hill was slated to hit free agency this offseason and I’m not sure any Saints fans realistically thought the team would let him walk in free agency. Sean Payton is obsessed with Hill, allowing him to start in Drew Brees’ absence last year despite also having Jameis Winston on the roster.

Heck, had Hill not been out with a concussion for several weeks, it’s likely that he’d have taken over the reins on offense after Winston was injured. This past summer saw the quarterback competition go on for far longer than it needed to, as it was clear that Winston was the best option as QB1.

New Orleans Saints continue to keep Taysom Hill around

While Hill is a very good weapon to have, eventually, the Saints need to be serious about finding a franchise quarterback. Some might have thought Winston could have been that but even before getting hurt, he wasn’t anything special.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a good year to need a new quarterback in the draft so keeping Hill around gives him yet another chance to lock down the starting job. This move ultimately helps loosen up the cap a bit and we know the Saints have gotten sneaky with their Hill contracts even if outsiders don’t seem to understand that (there are people thinking Hill is on a $140 million contract, which is comical).

As for what this means, for now, it’s not unfathomable to think that Hill could be the starter for Thursday night when the Bills come to town. New Orleans’ offense needs a spark and maybe Hill is the right man to provide that spark. He did well as a starter last year but there was a lot more talent on offense than there is right now.

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When the news of this extension hit, Saints fans weren’t the least bit surprised to see the team agree to another unique deal with a guy they’ve been in love with for years.