Well, we made it folks, the 2020 NFL season has concluded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Super Bowl champs. The Saints like most teams are now going to be rebuilding the team through free agency (yes we will have some cap room). Let’s start the weekly series by taking a look at a position that for the first time in a long time the Saints have to address in the offseason.
If there is a clear cut favorite to take over Hall of Famer Drew Brees, it is going to be Jamies Winston. While things didn’t work out well in Tampa for the former number one overall pick it seems as if he is really liked in New Orleans. According to several NFL insiders including Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, Sean Payton and the Saints are very high on Winston despite the lack of game reps Winston has really impressed the Saints brass from the mental aspect and played very well in practice, and basically, the keys to the car are his to drive. Of course, Winston is an unrestricted free agent so New Orleans must do whatever they can to lock up Winston in New Orleans
Let me make this clear real quick. I am all for Jamies and he is my top choice in this post-Brees era, having said that all of these other guys are going to be the top options to replace Jamies if he were to depart via free agency. Cam Newton is a guy who did not get a fair shot in New England just looking at the passing numbers alone are not that satisfying 2,657 yards 8 touchdowns 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 82.9. On the ground Newton still proved he can be a weapon by putting up almost 600 yards and 12 touchdowns (most since his rookie year). If given a favorable situation like the Saints, Newton could easily bounce back to his former self.
What was supposed to be a year with no real pressure for former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton quickly turned into a rough season with Dak Prescott going down in week five Dalton was thrown into a spot where he wasn’t meant to succeed. After he and his family dealt with COVID, Dalton got the Cowboys on track winning their last three-of-four games. I’d give Dalton a one-year deal to see what he could do in this offense.
Earlier this year Fitz announced he was gonna come back and play another year, having said that I would definitely love to see him in the black and gold just slinging it and not caring what happens. Everything about this guy from his play on the field, personality, and just the kind of guy he is would fit very well in the Big Easy.
If the Saints decide they want to commit to one of these quarterbacks in the draft this year the perfect bridge guy would be Brissett he does possess some decent qualities and would not cost much.
Now I’m not totally sure this is even an option, but we know the Panthers have been super aggressive when it comes to landing a quarterback they offered the 8th overall pick for Stafford and will be aggressive when it comes to the whole Deshaun Watson situation and were very high on Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. If Teddy were to be released or available for trade familiarity would be huge, despite his struggles 15 Touchdowns to 11 interceptions a reunion would make a lot of sense, but a lot of things have to fall in place.