In Sean Payton’s offense, Taysom Hill is the New Orleans Saints coach’s Swiss Army Knife, with Hill capable of throwing passes, executing blocks and running and catching the ball.
But as he officially becomes a restricted free agent March 18, the former BYU signal caller said it may be time to achieve his ultimate goal of being a starting quarterback in the NFL.
“I definitely view myself as a franchise quarterback,” Hill, who will turn 30 before the start of next season, told the Associated Press. “As you look at the other questions, ‘Is it New Orleans, is it somewhere else?’ as you go into free agency, this is the time that you start to find out how people view you.”
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Hill has completed six (of 13) passes in his career (three in each of the past two seasons), while rushing 64 times for 352 yards and hauling in 22 passes for 238 yards receiving (234 last year). At BYU, Hill threw for 6,929 yards with 43 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2017 before being claimed off waivers by the Saints.
New Orleans’ quarterback situation will have further clarity once Drew Brees makes a decision about his future. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer has not committed to a return, but is widely expected to be back. The Saints’ backup the last two seasons, Teddy Bridgewater, will be an unrestricted free agent.
That leaves Hill with a decision to make regarding his own future with the Saints.
“There’s no denying that I love my time in New Orleans … it has been an incredible experience for me,” Hill said. “The fan base, like, I have loved every second of my time there. Do I want to leave? The fact of the matter is no.
“But as you look at free agency, you have to find the right opportunity for you. You have to find the situation to take care of your family. I want to play quarterback in this league. And if New Orleans doesn’t view me that way, I have to leave.”