Drew Brees’ announcement earlier today that he will be returning for the 2020 season means Taysom Hill’s only chance to start next year would have to come outside of New Orleans. If Hill, a restricted free agent, is back with the Saints in 2020, it will be in his jack-of-all-trades offensive role.
While Hill has expressed his desire to ultimately be an NFL starting quarterback, he’s welcoming Brees back to New Orleans with open arms. Hill made this clear in an appearance on Adam Schefter’s podcast today.
When addressing Brees’ decision to return, Hill said he’d “love to play with Drew again.” The 30-year-old utility man promised that if he’s still with New Orleans in the fall, he’ll make the most of playing behind Brees.
“At the end of the day, I look at Drew coming back and maybe I’m not playing quarterback, which is ultimately where I want to have an opportunity to play in the NFL,” Hill said via Pro Football Talk, “but there are still going to be opportunities for me to make plays. I can tell you a unique experience for me that most backup quarterbacks don’t get is I’m in the huddle with Drew on game day. . . . That to me is invaluable.”
🏈 Saints QB @T_Hill4 discusses Drew Brees’ return and his free-agent status
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2020
With Brees back, it would make sense for the Saints to place a tender on Hill. This way, they’ll likely get him back, and if he goes elsewhere to start, they recoup a draft pick.
Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans’ primary backup the last two seasons, is an impending unrestricted free agent. He will be signing elsewhere and pursuing a starting opportunity.
In 2019, Hill carried 27 times for 156 yards and a touchdown while catching 19 passes for 234 yards and six scores. He also completed 3-of-6 passes for 55 yards.