The New Orleans Saints didn't expect to emerge from this offseason with three quarterbacks still on their roster. They're now hoping they can keep at least two of them—and have a game plan set should it happen.
As the Saints work out a new deal with Drew Brees, general manager Mickey Loomis went on Sirius XM NFL Radio at the NFL combine and talked about his desire to keep Taysom Hill in the fold.
"He's got a bright future and we have a vision for him," Loomis said.
To date, New Orleans' plan has consisted of using Hill as a hybrid weapon, capable of passing, receiving, rushing and returning kicks.
"He's unique when you look around the league," Loomis added. "So we're going to have to look at it in that way. We love Taysom. Love what he's done for us."
Hill will turn 30 when the 2020 season opens. That's hard to believe given he's only been in the league for three years and has thrown just 13 passes since going undrafted out of BYU. Whatever is left to develop, teams will have to do it in a hurry.
Unless, of course, that team is the Saints, where Hill has evolved into the NFL's answer to baseball's utility man, filling in wherever he can to create a mismatch and giving head coach Sean Payton a versatile weapon for trick plays.
Now New Orleans finds him too valuable to let go of.
"I think he feels the same way," Loomis said. "I think he feels strongly about his experience in New Orleans and would love to be back with us. So that's 90 percent of the battle."
Having just completed a three-year, $1.67 million deal, there's no question Hill is due for a raise. As a restricted free agent, however, his options on the open market may be limited. With the Saints working to get a deal done with Drew Brees ahead of free agency, which opens up on March 18, Loomis should have a good idea of what he can afford to dole out to Hill moving forward.
One of the specific reasons he wants to get a contract with Brees finished before then is to make sure the team has the ability to maneuver when the market opens. As of February, Spotrac.com estimates New Orleans will have $9.75 million available under the salary cap.
It's not a ton of room to work with. Loomis will have no choice but to make it all fit. As far as that plan goes, Hill is squarely in the middle of it.