Saints have one of the worst quarterback situations entering free agency

New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book (16) - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book (16) - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints have two quarterbacks set to hit free agency and until they re-sign one of them (Jameis Winston, not Trevor Siemian, just so we’re clear), their situation won’t be looked at as a good one.

Mike Clay released his pre-free agency NFL unit grades and had the Saints’ quarterback situation as one of the worst in the league. Clay removes any retired or unrestricted free agent from teams’ rosters in these grades.

You can see in the chart below that the Saints’ QB situation earned a 0.6, meaning there are four teams with a worse situation than New Orleans. Those teams are (in order from worst to fourth-worst): Buccaneers, Broncos, Steelers, and Commanders.

Saints QB position not looked at favorably

This isn’t a shock. As of now, New Orleans has Ian Book, Blake Bortles, and Taysom Hill on their roster. Hill is dealing with a Lisfranc injury so there’s a chance he doesn’t play much, if at all, in 2022. Book didn’t have a promising debut and Bortles is Bortles. This isn’t a good quarterback room.

If NOLA is able to re-sign Winston, however, the quarterback situation in the Big Easy should improve significantly. He was looking decent until he was injured midway through the season and with some better weapons to throw to, Winston could show what once made him a top pick in the NFL Draft.

New Orleans could also be a team that eyes a quarterback in the first round of the draft but this year’s class is uninspiring, to say the least. They’d be better off re-signing Winston and then going after a signal-caller next year if Winston doesn’t look like a serviceable long-term option in 2022.

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Do you think the Saints’ quarterback situation received a fair grade here? Would you put them higher, lower, or right where they are?