NFC South Notes: Hill, Brate, Walker

The Saints expect Taysom Hill to take over for Drew Brees when Brees calls it a career, and to that end, they placed a first-round RFA tender on the BYU product earlier this month. Teddy Bridgewater had served as the backup to Brees over the past couple of seasons while Hill’s role as a gadget player grew, but head coach Sean Payton confirmed that Hill will be the QB2 in 2020. “He’s earned that opportunity,” Payton said (Twitter link via Jeff Duncan of The Athletic).

However, the team still expects to use Hill as a rusher and receiver next season, so Payton said New Orleans will add another QB that will be active on game days (Twitter link via Duncan). The Saints are expected to explore a long-term contract for Hill in the near future.

Now for more from the NFC South:

  • Cameron Brate‘s recent restructure with the Buccaneers is better classified as a pay cut. Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brate accepted a decrease in his 2020 salary from $6MM to $4.25MM (Twitter link). The move will keep Brate, a quality red zone target, in the fold for Tom Brady while buying the team a little more cap space.
  • Several days ago, the Panthers beat out several clubs for the services of XFL signal-caller P.J. Walker. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle says Walker’s pact with Carolina is a two-year deal worth $1.565MM, a pretty nice haul for an XFLer who has yet to crack an active roster in the NFL (Twitter link).
  • CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson‘s new one-year deal with the Falcons includes a base salary of $1.05MM and a singing bonus of $137.5K, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets.
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12 comments on “NFC South Notes: Hill, Brate, Walker

  1. richard dangler

    Hill is 30 years old why would the saints want him to be the heir apparent? Let alone a year or maybe 2 from now.

    • dugdog83

      I don’t get that either. Saints will regret taking him over Teddy. Hill isn’t even a QB, he’s a TE that plays flanker behind center.

      • jacobsigel1025

        If Brees is still the Saints qb there’s no way you can pay him and Bridgey. Bridgewater just got 20 per year. There’s no way you can give that to a backup qb

  2. carlos15

    He’ll be 31 by the time he takes over and to date he’s attempted 13 passes. Does anyone understand their logic here?

  3. partyatnapolis

    i honestly don’t get the whole hill thing. especially as a starting qb. he’s literally proven nothing and that’s who you want to take over for a HOF?

  4. snotrocket

    Taysom Hill must have some serious dirt on Sean Payton. Nothing about handing over the keys to an elite offense to a 30 year old with almost zero experience makes any sense.

  5. JJB0811

    Taysom is a marketing ploy and they’re using him well. He’ll never be a ‘franchise QB’.

  6. seth3120

    I give Payton the benefit of the doubt. He’s had Brees like Bellichik has had Brady but he has built a pretty consistent team in his time as Saints HC. Not Bellichik but not really fair to any HC to face that comparison

  7. rycm131

    I love New Orleans as I’m a big fan of binets, alcohol and crooked cops, but they should study the career of Dan Kendra at Florida State. Hill won’t be their QB. Ever.

  8. aias

    This seems like a case where Sean Payton believes he’s the smartest guy in the league and knows better than anyone else. That a 30 year old gadget player will be a viable NFL starter. Okay then…

  9. Bjoe

    I’m a die-hard Saints fan and I have no idea what makes them think Hill can take the reigns from Brees.

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