Saints Would Prepare Offer For Quarterback Taysom Hill

METAIRIE – The New Orleans Saints plan to place a qualified first-round bid on the restricted free agent quarterback, Taysom Hill, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday, meaning that other teams would have to yield a first-round pick to sign it. .

The Saints would also have the right to match any offer that Hill could agree with another club, after extending the qualified offer, which would be for one year and $ 4.67 million, according to Over the Cap.

New Orleans still plans to re-hire Hill before the official start of the free agency on March 18, which, if it happens, would rule out the qualified first-round offer.

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The 29-year-old Hill has become one of the most intriguing players in the NFL in recent years due to his role as a Swiss army knife as a read-option quarterback / runner / open receiver / tight end / fullback / specialist kick returns / kick coverage specialist.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 221-pound player has become even more fascinating in the season break, with Saints head coach Sean Payton talking about him as a possible successor to Drew Brees.

“I think there is a process of being a free agent. My representative and I are complying with that process, and we’ll see what happens. But I’m in no hurry to leave New Orleans,” Hill said in “The Adam Schefter Podcast” at the beginning of the break. seasonal. “While I look back at my career, I have goals and a vision for myself in terms of what I can do in the NFL. And there is nothing that has been said, nor has anyone treated me in a certain way, that would lead me to think that The vision I have for myself is not the same vision that Coach Payton has for me, as do the other people on the team.

“So I’m not in a hurry, but I also believe that there is an important element to being a free people. Finally you have the opportunity to sit down and say, ‘What are my goals? What are the visions for me?’. And then see who shares those same ideas as you. “

Hill has tried just 15 passes in his three-year NFL career, including a full 50-yard pass in the New Orleans playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings in January. He has completed 7 of 15 shipments for 169 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception.

But, including the playoffs, he has accumulated 410 land yards with three touchdowns, and caught 25 passes for 265 yards with eight touchdowns.

Hill will presumably become the main reserve for New Orleans, with veteran Teddy Bridgewater waiting to leave for free agency. but the Saints will also make priority, probably, the sum of another experienced quarterback to the squad to continue using Hill in his versatile offensive role.

Hill’s best game was his most recent, that playoff loss to the Vikings, when he completed a 50-yard pass, ran the ball four times for 50 yards, and caught two passes for 25 yards, including touchdown.

Hill began his NFL career late. He spent two years on an ecclesiastical mission in Australia at the end of high school, and then spent five seasons at BYU, where four of his seasons were cut due to injuries.

Peru was impressive enough as a dual-threat quarterback at BYU to end its career with 6,929 yards per pass, 43 touchdown passes, 2,815 land yards and 32 land touchdowns. He began his NFL career as a non-recruited rookie of the Green Bay Packers in 2017 before the Saints claimed him via waivers on the day of final cuts.

“I have the same vision, I still have the same goal: to have the opportunity to be that guy for a franchise,” Hill told Schefter. “At the end of the day, I believe in myself. That has never changed, it is what I have always been. Obviously, with coach Payton and his creativity, the first years of my career have gone a different way. But the vision for I have never changed. “

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