It is a franchise quarterback or bust for the Saints Utility player Taysom Hill.
The 29-year-old BYU product is ready to leave New Orleans if longtime starter Drew Brees doesn't share his vision.
"I definitely see myself as a franchise quarterback," said Hill said the Associated Press’s Rob Maaddi in front of the Super Bowl. "I think if you look at the other questions, is it New Orleans? Is it somewhere else? When you join the free agency, this is the time when you find out how people see you. We haven't been in the free agency long enough to really know how people see me, and we'll just deal with how it comes. "
After 18 seasons in the league, the 41-year-old Brees is "genuinely and seriously interested in retiring," according to the Pro Football Talk. He also said Jane Slater of NFL Networks before the Pro Bowl: "It is not a matter of course that I come back every year, but when this time comes I will always be a saint."
"I dont know [if Brees is coming back]Hill said to Maaddi. "We will see I tell you that Drew is one of the biggest fans. I hope he comes back. I would like to play with him again and he has become one of my best friends and like a brother to me and I hope he to see again. "
The much-touted Hill has been a popular topic ever since it caused excitement at the end of the season and demonstrated its versatility in multiple positions.
"[The Saints] The quarterback of the future is also on the plan – this quarterback will be Taysom Hill, ”said Jay Glazer of Fox on January 27th at“ The Herd. ”They saw what Lamar Jackson could do, so they think they have him here. "
There are pro football talks on Monday The Twitter account has restarted the conversation claiming that Hill is "a future star in the NFL" and "was the best player on the field for both teams in the Saints Vikings playoff game. … The biggest question is whether he can stay healthy. "
Given the small sample size, this is a bold statement. According to Mike Clay from ESPNHead coach Sean Payton used him for 466 career snapshots, only 24% of which were taken over by the quarterback. Hill has attempted 15 passes in these 110 quarterback snaps, completing 7 out of 15 passes for 169 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. The remaining 356 snaps were distributed as follows: 31% at the narrow end, 22% from the slot, 15% as an external receiver and 8% when rewinding.
"Even if we assume that Taysom Hill was the" best player on the field "in this game, it was a game in a role in which he would never be used as a starting QB." Chris Towers of CBS Sports quotes, "He's turning 30 this year and we have no evidence that he can be an effective passerby."
Hill, who will actually turn 30 in August, was excluded by the Saints shortly after the Green Bay Packers signed it in 2017 as a non-drafted free agent. The restricted free agent earned $ 645,000 in 2019, and coach Payton believes Hill would be a hot commodity in the free agency market.
"Yes, I think someone will make him an offer," he said on Monday's Peter King podcast.
Hill is a restricted free agent and the Saints would have a chance to match any offer, but when Brees comes back it could be difficult to pay both starting quarterbacks.
"Do I want to go? The fact is, no, I don't, ”said Hill. “But if you look at the free agency, you have to find the right opportunity for you. You have to find the situation to take care of your family. I want to play quarterback in this league and if New Orleans doesn't see me like that I have to go and that's where we are. "
The Saints also have the option to re-sign Teddy Bridgewater, who has been on the team since 2018 and is expected to be a free agent from March. The talented 27-year-old joined Brees, who suffered a thumb injury on the throwing hand against the Rams on September 15 and won all five games. He was the starter of the Vikings before suffering a serious knee injury in the 2016 pre-season, which paused him for 19 months.