3 free agent QBs for NOLA Saints bring in for competition in 2022
The NOLA Saints are going to find themselves in quarterback hell again next season if they don’t attempt to bring in competition for Taysom Hill or whoever is set to start for New Orleans next year.
While the draft is an option for them to find some competition and a hopeful franchise gunslinger to run Sean Payton’s offense, this post will be discussing free agent options who can come in and be competition for Hill and Ian Book, assuming the Notre Dame product even gets a chance to show what he can do.
Let’s take a look at three quarterbacks who are slated to hit free agency who could be a competitive boost to Hill, Book, or if the Saints draft someone at the most important position in football.
3. Marcus Mariota
It feels like a lifetime ago when Marcus Mariota went No. 2 overall but it was in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mariota was a superstar at Oregon and the Titans thought he was the answer to their quarterback woes but that didn’t end up being the case.
After half a decade in Nashville, Mariota signed with the Raiders and has appeared in seven games over two seasons in Vegas. The former Duck is someone the Raiders brought in because they weren’t sold on Derek Carr and he’s provided that organization relief in the off chance that Carr is injured and has to miss some time.
Mariota is a decent passer but he’s even better when taking off with the football, which fits Payton’s offensive scheme perfectly. He’s only 28 years old so there’s still plenty of quality football left in the Hawaii native.
The only issue with acquiring Mariota is likely the price tag. He’s young and should be a popular name on the backup free-agent QB market. He’s only making $3.5 million this year but the Saints might not even be able to afford that, as sad as that is.