Taysom Hill, Saints Reportedly Agree to 'Unique' Hybrid Contract Worth Up to $95M

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVNovember 22, 2021

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 14: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of the game at Nissan Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints love them some Taysom Hill. 

The veteran quarterback and tight end has reportedly signed a four-year contract extension that could be worth up to $95 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

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.

Hill's stats from the 2021 season don't exactly leap off the page:

  • 20 rushes for 104 yards and three scores
  • Four catches for 52 yards
  • 7-of-8 for 56 passing yards and an interception

It would also be a surprise if the 31-year-old ever seized the starting quarterback position. Given four starts last season he did go 3-1, throwing for 928 yards, four scores and two interceptions while completing 72.7 percent of his passes. 

But with Drew Brees retiring after the 2020 campaign, it was Jameis Winston who won the starting gig heading into this season, not Hill. And when Winston tore his ACL earlier this month, it was Trevor Siemian who took over as the starter. 

Hill obviously has value in a hybrid role for the Saints. He's a solid option for the team in the red zone, as evidenced by his eight rushing touchdowns last season. But even if he never triggers the quarterback bonuses in his contract, New Orleans is still committing a lot of money to a player who fills a pretty niche role. 

Sam Monson @PFF_Sam

At this point it feels like Taysom Hill is gonna make $100m just because Sean Payton doesn't want to back down from calling him Steve Young 2.0

Sam Monson @PFF_Sam

Like I assume all the QB stuff is just trolling BS and fake money again, but even the deal he's being handed for being a gimmick player is monster money for what he does.

Mina Kimes @minakimes

New Taysom Hill contract just dropped? <a href="https://t.co/Vwzjm7gqZQ">pic.twitter.com/Vwzjm7gqZQ</a>

John Owning @JohnOwning

find you someone who will throw incredible amounts of dollars your way for no good reason like Taysom Hill found with Sean Payton

Suffice to say, Monday's news has led to a few raised eyebrows. The Saints are yet again committing a lot of money to Hill. It remains to be seen if that investment will pay off in a tangible way.