The New Orleans Saints made a huge addition on Sunday by reportedly signing quarterback Jameis Winston as their No. 2 quarterback. Now, with a reliable option behind Drew Brees, the Saints are signing Taysom Hill to a two-year contract.
After placing the first-round tender on Hill in March, the Saints and their folk hero quarterback reportedly agreed on a two-year deal that will keep him in New Orleans for the next two seasons, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal comes with $16 million fully guaranteed and could pay out $16.3 million in his first season.
Bringing in Winston allows New Orleans to keep using Hill in a way that best utilizes his unique skills.
We saw throughout the 2019 season that head coach Sean Payton loves to find ways to get the football in Hill’s hands. Once that happens, one of the league’s best athletes routinely finds ways to make explosive plays.
While Hill only attempted six passes this season, he was dangerous on the ground, out of the backfield and on special teams. The 29-year-old accounted for 156 rushing yards, 234 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns. In total, Hill played 241 snaps on offense and 287 snaps on special teams this past season.
New Orleans is ready to roll with Brees under center next season, in what might be his final year in the NFL. Now with Hill returning to his role as the Swiss Army knife for this team and Winston ready to step in if Brees gets hurt, the Saints will march into next season with the most talented quarterback room in the NFL.