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While questions continue to swirl regarding the Saints' quarterback situation, Albert Breer of SI provided some clarity in his column on Monday morning. Specifically, he said that New Orleans' quarterback approach "will be built with flexibility to play either guy."
The Saints, of course, are entering 2021 without Drew Brees after the future Hall of Famer retired. They brought back Jameis Winston and restructured Taysom Hill's contract, leaving one starting job and two candidates. Now, though, it looks as if both will be incorporated. Breer noted that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are both different-styled quarterbacks, so "Payton’s plan, in conjunction with coordinator Pete Carmichael and the offensive staff, will be to a lay a foundation that works for both quarterbacks, with tweaks to highlight each guy’s talents."
Saints QB Jameis Winston has agreed to terms on a one-year, $12M deal to remain in New Orleans.
The one year deal for Winston will be similar to the incentive-laden deal Cam Newton got with the Patriots. Winston will now compete with Taysom Hill for the starting quarterback job in New Orleans in 2021 with Drew Brees having officially announced his retirement.
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston is reportedly working with the team to get a deal done for 2021, although he will need to compete with QB Taysom Hill for the starting job in training camp.
Hill was signed to a massive four-year, $140 million deal on Sunday following the announcement of Drew Brees' retirement. Winston will be competing with Hill for the starting job once he is able to sign a new contract with the Saints; a competition that is expected to be one of the biggest storylines throughout team training camps this summer. Winston totaled over 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns in his 2019 campaign with Tampa Bay, although the 30 interceptions he threw are definitely cause for concern moving forward.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, QB Jameis Winston is “the likely starter” for the Saints in 2021.
No deal has been struck, but the plan all along according to Rapoport was for the Saints to re-sign Winston to a contract extension in hopes of naming him the starting quarterback in 2021. With Drew Brees now officially retired, don’t be surprised to see a new contract for Winston announced in the near future.
Saints coach Sean Payton says the team wants to bring back Jameis Winston next season.
“We had a great exposure for one year with Jameis,” Payton said on Good Morning Football. "We had enough time to see what we had with him as a player, as a leader. I really like what we had a chance to see. He was a tremendous leader for this team, and that’s hard to do when you come in new in free agency your first year as a backup quarterback. So that’ll be an important checkmark for us. And a lot of times, you want to hold your cards closer to the vest and he is a free agent. But him, along with Taysom Hill who’s in the building, we’ve said it all along — we’re going to develop and coach those guys." Drew Brees is expected to retire , which leaves the Saints with a massive hole at the quarterback position. Hill was the starter when Brees went down in the middle of the season, but perhaps Winston will have the edge entering 2021.
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