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3 budget-friendly quarterbacks Saints can start in 2022

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1. Gardner Minshew

This is the only entry on this list that would require the Saints to make a trade but it’d be a less expensive one than going after Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.

Gardner Minshew, a former sixth-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft, took the league by storm as a rookie but unfortunately, the team landed the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and took Trevor Lawrence. That spelled the end of Minshew in Jacksonville, as he was traded to Philadelphia last offseason.

Minshew started two games this past season, throwing for 439 yards, four touchdowns, and one pick. His best year was his rookie year in 2019 when he appeared in 14 games with 12 starts and threw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

At this time, we don’t know if the Eagles would be interested in trading Minshew so that’s obviously something that needs to be explored if this trade were to happen.

The former Washington State signal-caller has just one year remaining on his contract so if the Saints wanted to trade for him, it’d cost them maybe a late-round draft pick and the rest of his $2 million salary that he’s owed in 2022.

Out of the affordable options at quarterback, Gardner Minshew is the best one out there. New Orleans should look to make a trade for him if the Eagles are interested in shipping him off.

Adding an affordable quarterback allows the Saints to figure out if the guy could work in the offense and if he doesn’t and the 2022 year flops as a result, they’ll get a higher draft pick and can go after a good signal-caller in next year’s draft. That’s the strategy here.

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No one realistically expects Minshew, Trubisky, or Corral to lead the Saints to the Super Bowl in 2022. These are just a few bargain names for the team to consider while New Orleans figures out the next step at the position.