Taysom Hill to stay in New Orleans, signs 2-year extension with Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

If the new contract extension is any indication, it seems Taysom Hill could get what he’s wanted — a shot at the starting quarterback gig.

The former BYU quarterback has been playing in a utility player role and as backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, but he made it clear this last season he would like to be the one to take over for Drew Brees when the 19-year veteran retires.

After many rumors swirled of retirement, Brees, who signed with the Saints in 2006, instead signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the Saints on March 17.

The day prior, the Saints had placed a first-round restricted free agent tender on Hill worth $4.641 million. However, on Sunday, Hill re-signed with the Saints to a $16.3 million, 2-year deal, an extension to the tender, to bring the total deal up to almost $21 million.

With that amount of money, it would make sense if Hill starts to make a move at the quarterback position and get bumped up from third-string. And even get a real shot at the starting position should Brees retire in 2021.

“I’ve had this dream since I was a little kid of playing in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints made that dream a reality, and over the past 3 years I’ve had the opportunity to play with and for some of the best men I’ve ever known. I am humbled and grateful that my wife, future son, and I get to continue living our dream in the city we love, with the people we love! Thank you NOLA,” said Hill on his personal Instagram.

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