The New Orleans Saints could be on the way to a quarterback competition in 2022. Which free agents could make some sense for Sean Payton’s squad?
The New Orleans Saints are likely looking at a total reset at the quarterback position in the 2022 offseason. They are one of a handful of teams that could be in hot pursuit of big-name veteran quarterbacks like Russell Wilson via trade, or perhaps even try their hand at a player in the 2022 NFL Draft.
As the Saints continue to try and figure out life after Drew Brees, giving Taysom Hill one weird contract after another, what are they going to do about their actual QB position, not just the gadget QB position?
Will Sean Payton prioritize a quarterback that can take every snap or will he go after someone that will allow him to split snaps with Taysom Hill?
New Orleans Saints free agent QB options for the 2022 season
1. Jameis Winston (Saints)
There are a few intriguing options for the New Orleans Saints if they decide to go the free agency route at the quarterback position, starting with just bringing back Jameis Winston.
The Saints were playing well with Winston at the helm early this season, starting 5-2 with Winston throwing 14 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions in that timeframe.
Extrapolated over a 17-game regular season, Winston would have been on pace for 34 passing touchdowns. Who knows if he could have kept that pace, but at least in the early goings, it appeared as though Sean Payton’s work with Winston was about to really work out.
Then Winston tore his ACL, making his future with New Orleans murky at best.
Entering his age 28 season, the former number one overall pick is still likely a preferable option for the Saints. He offers pretty high upside, he’s still young, and he was showing signs of being very productive in this offense.
If the New Orleans Saints go the free agent route, Winston is likely near the top of their list.