First-year New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media on Tuesday morning and gave some insight as to what Taysom Hill’s role will be this year.
Taysom Hill is the gift that keeps on giving, at least for those of us who write about the New Orleans Saints. Sean Payton stepped away from coaching this offseason but not before he managed to get his favorite player paid.
With Hill now tied to the Saints organization through at least the end of the 2023 season (he’s signed through the end of the 2025 season but the dead money won’t be as high following the ’23 season), NOLA has to get over the bad contract and figure out a way to use the versatile player.
Allen spoke to the media on Tuesday and discussed what fans can expect from Hill this year.
Saints: Taysom Hill is officially an NFL tight end
It’s hard to be upset with Allen for moving Hill to this role. He’ll likely still serve as an offensive weapon but won’t have as many opportunities, if any, to slide in at quarterback. Maybe he still packs a punch in the run game but it sounds like Allen is determined to use the BYU product as a tight end more often than not.
Hill’s contract might tie him to the Saints but now at least the guy will have more of a carved out role. As Ross Jackson notes in the tweet below, Hill would be one of the higher-paid tight ends in the league but also notes that maybe eventually sliding Hill into this role was in the cards from the beginning.
Paying Hill this kind of money as a tight end isn’t as bad of a look honestly. When it was initially issued, he was still the backup quarterback for the team and fans agreed that was a lot of money to dish out to a backup quarterback who couldn’t throw the ball all that well.
Saints fans love Hill but even the biggest of Hill stans know he’s not the future for this team at quarterback, especially now that Jameis Winston is back. Moving Hill to tight end is a smart move for the New Orleans Saints.
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