Saints Extend Taysom Hill

The Saints have agreed to a two-year contract with quarterback Taysom Hill, per Adam Schefter of (via Twitter). According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the deal is worth $21MM and includes $16MM in guarantees (Twitter link). It replaces the one-year RFA tender worth $4.6MM that the Saints had placed on Hill earlier this offseason.

The move comes immediately after the Saints agreed to sign free agent signal-caller Jameis Winston. Prior to the Hill extension, both players would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2020 campaign, meaning that New Orleans could take the entire season to evaluate them, to decide which one was best-suited to serve as Drew Brees‘ successor, and to move on from the loser of the battle at season’s end.

Now, however, that’s not necessarily the case. If Hill should prove himself worthy of the QB1 title in 2021, then the Saints will have him under contract at a very modest rate for starting quarterbacks and can bid Winston farewell. But if Winston should win out and if New Orleans should retain him, then the team will owe a ton of money to its QB2/gadget player, even by its standards of commitment to backup signal-callers. The whole affair could become even more complicated if Brees wants to return, and it suggests that the team really is committed to Hill — as it has stated for some time — and views Winston as a highly-experienced insurance policy in 2020 but not as a potential future option.

Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Saints won’t officially sign Winston until after 3pm ET tomorrow in order to avoid having him against their 2021 compensatory pick formula (Twitter link).

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18 comments on “Saints Extend Taysom Hill

  1. DarkSide830

    an inspiring sign for the rest of us people who could also only complete around 13 passes in multiple years in the NFL

    • mstockw1

      Bro, given the shot… I’ll beat Nathan Peterman’s all time QBR record. Like, by setting a worse one.

      • DarkSide830

        it amazes me that someone as mediocre at their job as Peterman makes 7 figures

        • mitchrapp

          As terrible as Peterman has played he’s still better than 99.9% of the general public or he wouldn’t be on a roster. There are no charity cases in the NFL

    • king beas

      He doesn’t block punts return kicks catch td and run for tds either. Only time he sees the field is those 13 passes I guess

      • tropicoflungcancer

        Thank you for being literally the only reasonable person in this comment section.

    • Wyocard

      Taysom Hill has thrown thirteen more passes in the NFL than any rookie who ever started an NFL game. He has also scored more touchdowns, caught more passes, blocked more punts and made more key blocks. Even though he was in the Heisman conversation early in his college career, Hill did not have the best situation and had terrible luck with freak injuries. He will be the starter in 2021, will surprise his critics with his passing and will continue to keep defensive coordinators up at night.

    • jeremy

      why would he go to the 49ers when they are pretty set at at starting QB and have no need for a back up

      • DarkSide830

        because the Saints have professed more love for Hill than the 49ers have for Mullens. Also Jimmy G is probably a higher risk for injury so more chances as tge backup.

  2. highplainsdriftr

    So what’s the total salary cap space being taken up by QBs for the Saints?

  3. tropicoflungcancer

    Hill has so much value as a player. It’s asinine that you mouthbreathers only have the 13 passes argument.

  4. tropicoflungcancer

    Yeah, not like he caught multiple touchdowns or ran for touchdowns or blocked punts or anything. But it’s not like you’re dumb either.

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