Taysom Hill‘s recent restructuring created just enough cap space for the Saints to sign his competition.
Per multiple reports, the Saints have re-signed quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year deal. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Winston will earn “up to” $12 million.
Hill, in contrast, make a real $12 million.
The base value was not leaked, which likely means it’s nothing to brag about. The triggers for getting to $12 million also weren’t leaked.
Hill agreed to a new deal on Sunday that created $7.75 million in cap space for the Saints.
Coach Sean Payton has said he wants to see Winston compete for the starting job. The first overall pick in the 2015 draft — who has a 5,000-yard season to go with being the NFL’s first ever quarterback with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 30 interceptions — has shown that he can get it done, and he has had a full year in the New Orleans system.