Sean Payton: Taysom Hill contract more work than Drew Brees deal

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Drew Brees announced he plans to play in 2020 and he plans to play for the Saints, which leaves the matter of putting a deal together that makes that happen.

It’s not a situation causing much stress for head coach Sean Payton. Payton appeared on WWL Radio on Wednesday that the two sides have always wrapped up contract negotiations “in an efficient manner” over the course of Brees’ time in New Orleans.

“I think that won’t be any different this time around,” Payton said, via NOLA.com.

While Payton doesn’t expect General Manager Mickey Loomis to sweat much on the Brees contract, he thinks Taysom Hill‘s situation could be more difficult. Payton also gave a hint of what kind of tender the team might have in mind for the impending restricted free agent.

“If he was unsigned prior to the league year, I would anticipate us really paying close attention to that and looking at that first-round tender,” Payton said. “That’ll take some time, relative to his contract because it’s unique in what he’s doing now and what we feel like he can be and what he can do when Drew does retire. That will probably take a little more work than the contract that Mickey does with Drew.”

The Saints have until the start of the new league year on March 18 to tender Hill. That’s also the deadline to keep Brees from hitting the open market, but it doesn’t appear that’s going to be a source of serious concern for the team.

21 responses to “Sean Payton: Taysom Hill contract more work than Drew Brees deal

  1. It’s simple – retire Brees, let Tebow 2.0 go, and re-sign TeddyB – but emotions are in the way.

  2. The Saints would have beat Minnesota if Payton kept Hill in. He definitely had the hot hand over Brees that game. Brees coming back is still the great news!

  3. Why is it hard to cut a deal with a player who sucks as a QB, and has mediocre value as a special teams player?

  4. Contracts will not be a problem with either one. Both wish to remain with the saints and have shown willingness to be flexible in contract and position for the benefit of the team.

  5. “retire Brees, let Tebow 2.0 go, and re-sign TeddyB”

    Oh please. The guy has averaged barely more than 1 TD a game (28 TDs, 24 games) in an era where offense has most of the rules in their favor. He’s not a QB to put your future on

  6. “Both wish to remain with the saints and have shown willingness to be flexible in contract and position for the benefit of the team.”
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    Unless Hill is from a wealthy family he’s going to have to be a bit less flexible at some point. He turns 30 this season and has CAREER earnings of $1.6 million. Which is about what Brees earns PER GAME. And he will absolutely never have a better shot than now to cash in. Anybody thinking he’ll take significantly less just to stay in NO is kidding themselves because absolutely nobody would do that. That’s like saying you like your co-workers so much you’ll turn down the promotion and big raise from the company down the street.

  7. I don’t understand the hype with this Hill guy.

    Three seasons in the league and he hasn’t even proven that he’s capable of holding down a #2 depth QB spot, he’s got fewer than 200 yards/season yards-from-scrimmage, he had one notable yet hardly stellar rushing season in college, his collegiate passing numbers sucked.

    The hype is waaaaay out front in this media frolic.

    Sounds like a clinic jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none type to me, and those types typically don’t do much in the NFL.

  8. whywerule says:
    February 20, 2020 at 7:51 am
    Why is it hard to cut a deal with a player who sucks as a QB, and has mediocre value as a special teams player?
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    Mediocre? A QB who runs a 4.4 forty yard dash, catches TD passes, throws TD passes, blocks punts on special teams, is a “gunner” on punt coverage, and plays EVERY skill position on offense, and plays them well….He’s known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the NFL. So, that’s your idea of mediocre? Well, all I’ll say is there are 31 teams in the league who would LOVE to have Taysom Hill (or a copy of him) on their teams, including YOURS.

  9. Taysom Hill careers stats:

    13 passes, 6 completions, 46.2% completion percentage, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 46.6 passer rating.

    If that doesn’t scream franchise QB, I don’t know what does.

  10. Can’t wait for Brees and Payton to screw it up again this year in their biggest moment. they are good at it.

  11. -I don’t understand the hype with this Hill guy.-

    I mostly agree. I think he has proven to be an effective weapon…but I’m not at all sold he would be equally effective as an every down guy. Right now teams don’t game plan around those handful of snaps he takes…but make it your entire offense and obviously that changes. And considering Hill throws once in a blue moon, yeah, he’s connected on a couple nice long ones. That’s largely thanks to the element of surprise. You can’t just expect that to carry over on a regular basis if he plays full time.

    Still, running guys often have their best success early on when teams are trying to figure out game plans for them so Hill could be decently successful. But I wouldn’t for a moment assume he’d step in as a full time starter and be a better option than Brees.

  12. Brees4President says:
    February 20, 2020 at 10:18 am
    whywerule says:
    February 20, 2020 at 7:51 am
    Why is it hard to cut a deal with a player who sucks as a QB, and has mediocre value as a special teams player?
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    Mediocre? A QB who runs a 4.4 forty yard dash, catches TD passes, throws TD passes, blocks punts on special teams, is a “gunner” on punt coverage, and plays EVERY skill position on offense, and plays them well….He’s known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the NFL. So, that’s your idea of mediocre? Well, all I’ll say is there are 31 teams in the league who would LOVE to have Taysom Hill (or a copy of him) on their teams, including YOURS.
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    I hope you get your wish and he is the QB of the future. It will be fun to watch the gadget player not succeed in a full time role, which he probably won’t. The other 31 teams will most likely be thrilled if that’s what happens.

  13. Payton is talking Hill up praying that someone will give a 1st round pick for him. That’s what the hype is about. He is a valuable player but only the way he is being used and at the low salary cap hit he presently has. There is no way at his age he is going to develop into a viable starting QB.

  14. I compare Hill to Jimmy Graham in the sense that they both were most valuable to the Saints and not necessarily to other NFL teams. If Hill can get into KC he can be utilized. Other than that, he will have to remain a Saint if he wants to have any success.

  15. iknoweverything2 says:
    February 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm
    I compare Hill to Jimmy Graham in the sense that they both were most valuable to the Saints and not necessarily to other NFL teams. If Hill can get into KC he can be utilized. Other than that, he will have to remain a Saint if he wants to have any success.

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    This guy has BB written all over him.

  16. Brees4President says:
    February 20, 2020 at 10:18 am
    whywerule says:
    February 20, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Mediocre? A QB who runs a 4.4 forty yard dash, catches TD passes, throws TD passes, blocks punts on special teams, is a “gunner” on punt coverage, and plays EVERY skill position on offense, and plays them well….He’s known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the NFL. So, that’s your idea of mediocre? Well, all I’ll say is there are 31 teams in the league who would LOVE to have Taysom Hill (or a copy of him) on their teams, including YOURS.

    ————

    And yet, in three seasons, 37 games played, over 1,100 snap count, he’s got 0 passing TDs, 0 Return TDs, only 3 Rushing TDs, and 8 Receiving TDs half of which were in blowouts.

    Don’t get me wrong, but as an opposing coach I’m not sure that I’m losing any sleep here.

    Either way, there is absolutely nothing on record to indicate that he even has a shot at being an average QB much less anything more.

  17. The only problem is Loomis and Hill need reminding who the boss is. You can be sure I’ll see to it their reminders are forthcoming. Happens every year with someone down there in New Orleans, they get to thinking they can make their own choices and decisions, like they’re in charge or something. Not to worry, I have good people in that region to straighten them out.

  18. Everybody is throwing Hill’s stats as a QB around and squawking “He’ll never be a starting QB!” Guys, he’s never been ASKED to do what Brees does. He is asked to run the occasional play with the possibility of chewing up a lot of yards on a “chunk” pass play because Brees doesn’t have a cannon anymore at 41. he’s asked to do RPOs, where he is generally good for a first down because of his speed. But don’t blink on his passing skills. He broke a lot of records at BYU, and would have had more but for THREE season-ending injuries. In the NFL he has been relatively healthy. Maybe now Payton thinks that, as Brees ages and needs the occasional relief pitcher, Hill will step in and sling it and show he can start in the NFL. I think he can, and it makes me a little sad, because as the primary backup for Brees, I won’t get to see him catch a pass and bull his way into the end zone over a linebacker with 40 lbs on him. I won’t get to see him make a game-changing blocked punt, which he has done 3 times already in his career. Most of all, I will miss watching him outrun EVERYONE on the way to the End Zone with his 4.4 speed. I’m telling you–Don’t blink on Taysom Hill. I trust Sean Payton, and Payton says he can do it. My money is on Taysom Hill.

  19. “Both wish to remain with the saints and have shown willingness to be flexible in contract and position for the benefit of the team.”
    ________________

    Unless Hill is from a wealthy family he’s going to have to be a bit less flexible at some point. He turns 30 this season and has CAREER earnings of $1.6 million. Which is about what Brees earns PER GAME. And he will absolutely never have a better shot than now to cash in. Anybody thinking he’ll take significantly less just to stay in NO is kidding themselves because absolutely nobody would do that. That’s like saying you like your co-workers so much you’ll turn down the promotion and big raise from the company down the street.
    ___________________

    Saint fans usually spout this kind of drivel. They truly believe that everyone secretly wants to play for the same franchise that helps the Archdiocese cover up molesting little kids. Or targets players with a bounty scheme. Not to mention will give them a hometown discount because… it’s the saints. Or something.

  20. Brees4President says:
    February 20, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    Everybody is throwing Hill’s stats as a QB around and squawking “He’ll never be a starting QB!” Guys, he’s never been ASKED to do what Brees does. He is asked to run the occasional play with the possibility of chewing up a lot of yards on a “chunk” pass play because Brees doesn’t have a cannon anymore at 41. he’s asked to do RPOs, where he is generally good for a first down because of his speed. But don’t blink on his passing skills. He broke a lot of records at BYU, and would have had more but for THREE season-ending injuries. In the NFL he has been relatively healthy. Maybe now Payton thinks that, as Brees ages and needs the occasional relief pitcher, Hill will step in and sling it and show he can start in the NFL. I think he can, and it makes me a little sad, because as the primary backup for Brees, I won’t get to see him catch a pass and bull his way into the end zone over a linebacker with 40 lbs on him. I won’t get to see him make a game-changing blocked punt, which he has done 3 times already in his career. Most of all, I will miss watching him outrun EVERYONE on the way to the End Zone with his 4.4 speed. I’m telling you–Don’t blink on Taysom Hill. I trust Sean Payton, and Payton says he can do it. My money is on Taysom Hill.
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    Don’t quit your day job if you’re putting your money on Hill. When he busts you’re going to have to restock your savings. Good luck!

  21. This is pretty simple.

    Payton is the 2nd best coach in the NFL, the best offensive coach and probably the best QB coach. If he thinks Hill is the future and not Bridgewater considering he’s been watching them play the last few years I’m guessing that’s where the smart money is.

    Bridgewater was successful because Payton knew how to use him effectively and didn’t ask too much.

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