Saints GM Mickey Loomis approaching Taysom Hill contract talks in unique direction
Taysom Hill is set to become a free agent this offseason and the New Orleans Saints realize that he’s more than just a quarterback. Ahead of free agency, general manager Mickey Loomis is approaching Hill’s contract talks a bit differently than others.
“In terms of valuing and contract and all that, that remains to be seen,” said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis via Nola.com, who declined to reveal his cards on any player who is not under contract for the 2020 season. “But he’s unique. So if something’s unique, you have to approach it a little differently.”
Ever since the Saints signed Hill as an undrafted rookie in 2017, he’s been listed as a quarterback on the depth chart. Despite being listed as one of Drew Brees’ backups, Hill is far from being a typical quarterback.
Over the past couple of seasons, Saints head coach Sean Payton has manufactured interesting ways to get Hill involved in the gameplan. In the last two seasons, the BYU product has carried it 64 times for 352 yards and three touchdowns.
Additionally, Hill has been able to become a receiving threat in the offense. After catching just three passes in 2018, the Saints’ utility player corralled 19 receptions for 234 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. The six receiving touchdowns were more than JuJu Smith-Schuster and Brandin Cooks had combined this season.
Even though he’s a quarterback on the roster, Hill has only thrown 13 passes in his career thus far. Aside from playing offense, Hill sometimes finds himself playing on special teams as well.
With there being uncertainty surrounding Brees’ future, many are wondering who is going to replace him in the near future. Depending on how contract talks go this offseason, Hill could become the future franchise quarterback in New Orleans.