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Saints Have 1 Clear Favorite At Starting Quarterback

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NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19: A helmet of the New Orleans Saints sits on the ground before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints will have an interesting decision to make at the quarterback position in 2021. With Drew Brees retired, New Orleans has an unclear picture at starting quarterback ahead of the upcoming season.

The betting odds suggest there's one clear favorite, though.

Jameis Winston, who spent the 2020 season as the backup in New Orleans, is the clear favorite to take over at starting quarterback in 2021.

Pro Football Talk had the full odds, from Draft Kings:

Via DraftKings, the odds for Jameis Winston serving as the Week One starting quarterback for the Saints stand at -200. For Taysom Hill, the odds are +145.

Rookie Ian Book stands as the long shot, at +3300.

Winston spent most of his career as the starting quarterback in Tampa Bay. However, the former No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick was ousted from the Buccaneers when Tom Brady arrived last year.

Now, Winston will look to take over in New Orleans.

Sean Payton has made it clear that he wants a true starting quarterback, and not a two-QB system.

“I think the furthest we went with that would’ve been when everyone was healthy and Taysom was playing, call it maybe eight to 10 plays at quarterback. I would never discount that,” Payton said. "But I would say this, he knows and so does Jameis, that we’re looking to find a guy that’s going to lead our team this year."

“And that doesn’t mean the other guy is not going to have a role. But certainly, it varies. If Jameis is starting, obviously Taysom has a role that expands not only just offensively, but on special teams, etc. And if it’s the other way around, it’s probably a little bit more limited just relative to what Jameis would do.”

The Saints are set to open the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Packers.