ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the Saints plan to use a first-round restricted free agent tender on No. 3 QB Taysom Hill, meaning they'd receive a first-round draft pick in the event another team offers Hill a contract and the Saints decline to match the offer. Not only that, Schefter added, but they're already operating under the mindset they'll have Hill locked up on a separate contract extension before free agency officially begins on March 18.
Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this offseason he anticipated Hill's contract would "take a little more work" than that of starter Drew Brees, an impending free agent who's . But it's apparent the Saints want Hill in the building, with previous reports indicating the team even wants Brees to help " " to Hill in 2020-21. Hill himself has said he -- with a possible future in that role in New Orleans.
Under a first-round tender, Hill would be in line to make about $5 million in 2020, per Schefter. While that number hardly approaches those of the NFL's highest-paid backups, it'd mark a big raise for the fourth-year veteran, who cost New Orleans just $645,000 in 2019.
Undrafted out of BYU in 2017, the 29-year-old Hill spent his rookie offseason with the Green Bay Packers before landing with the Saints early in the year. He's thrown just 13 career passes for a career QB rating of 46.6, but as a utility player and occasional Brees fill-in, Hill has thrived playing multiple positions, accounting for 390 yards -- including 234 as a receiver -- and seven touchdowns in 2019.