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2021 New Orleans Saints Rebuild - Quarterback

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Posted 01-18-2021 at 10:56 PM by jeanpierre
Updated 01-18-2021 at 11:06 PM by jeanpierre

2021 New Orleans Saints are, as of the time of composing this blog, ($95,050,739) over the anticipated salary cap, per Over The Cap | 2021 New Orleans Saints; and that's before the first snap of the season...

Well there's obviously a lot of work to be done, and it'll start with getting this team under the cap to be compliant with the NFL Salary Cap...

The obvious elephant is the room is will Drew Brees be with this team in 2021? From all indications at this point, that answer would seem to be No. But suppose he wants another geaux? Should we?

Brees is the most accomplished passer in NFL history, but his value is just that - history.

Devout fans don't won't to hear about air yards, but the reality is that good defenses stack up front forcing Brees to throw downfield of 15 air yards or more - he simply can't do it for 16-plus games...

And if can't play at that level any more for a full season, is it really wise to continue to pay him that much? No. And so it's time to move on from the greatest passer in NFL Regular Season history...

Designating Brees with a post-June 1st release will yield a salary cap savings of $25M, with a dead cap number of $11,150,000 - ($70,050,739)

That leaves Taysom Hill as the only other Quarterback on the Saints roster under contract; and with a cap number of $16,159,000; cutting Taysom irregardless of June 1 will only save $5M against the cap...

To get more cap relief, Taysom Hill would have to be traded and, irregardless of 1st June, that savings would be $12,159,000, but then you're left with no QB on the roster...

So even if you're somehow able to trade Taysom Hill AND his $16M+ contract to a team, you're still nearly $58M above the cap and you've got no QB...

Is Jameis Winston gonna play for another $1.1 M? Doubtful. Is he worth big money? We just saw a 43yo QB take Jameis former team to at least the Conference Championship Game...

And after five plus seasons in the league, along with character issues that continue to come up on and off the field, there's just no way you can make a serious contractual commitment...

So there's gonna need to be some more positions addressed in this inevitable rebuild, irregardless if you believe, or do not believe, Taysom is an NFL QB...

Likely scenario. Taysom needs a full season to be evaluated on his merits. It'll be tough because of the inevitable comparisons to Brees' career, which is unfair, but the reality Taysom will have to cope...

Believe Sean Payton when he says Taysom is an NFL QB and that he will roll with him in 2021 and that the Saints will acquire a more mobile QB, similar to Taysom's style of play...
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