Despite throwing all of 142 passes since joining the New Orleans Saints back in 2017, they are holding out hope that Taysom Hill can be the starting quarterback of the future.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans has signed the 31-year-old Hill to a new four-year contract extension that guarantees him $22.5 million.
As noted in the report, said extension is unique in that it can pay Hill anywhere between $40 and $95 million depending on the position he plays and whether he ends up becoming New Orleans’ starting quarterback moving forward.
“Taysom Hill’s hybrid deal is unique and unlike other contracts because it pays him a $40 million base salary for the role that he’s currently playing, and up to an additional $55 million if he does become the Saints’ starting QB for the next four seasons,” Schefter noted.
A product of BYU, Hill has attempted just eight passes in seven games this season. He’s dealt with a concussion which has limited the athletic offensive player. Last season saw Hill complete 88-of-121 passes for 928 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in 16 games (eight starts). He took over for an injured Drew Brees during the season.
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Taysom Hill as the Saints’ quarterback of the future?
We’re not 100% whether that’s going to be the case given the limited sample size. But it’s rather apparent that head coach Sean Payton likes what Hill brings to the table as a dual-threat option.
He’s put up 913 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns since the start of the 2018 season. Hill has also caught 34 passes for 388 yards during that span. That includes seven touchdowns through the air.
With Jameis Winston sidelined for the remainder of the season, Trevor Siemian has been starting under center in New Orleans. The veteran journeyman is 0-3 in that role. With the Saints boasting a 5-5 record and in the thick of the NFC Playoff race, there’s a chance Taysom Hill will be given a chance to lead the ship moving forward.