The New Orleans Saints gave Drew Brees a two-year contract and tendered Taysom Hill as a first-rounder. This suggests they could be okay with Hill taking over for Brees after he retires, as they let Teddy Bridgewater go in free agency — but it does seem like a risky proposition.
The Saints also helped their passing game by signing Emmanuel Sanders, giving them a strong No. 2 receiver behind all-world receiver Michael Thomas.
Defensively, they signed safety Malcolm Jenkins, but lost Eli Apple and could still lose Justin Hardee, P.J. Williams and Von Bell.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 24 (No. 24 overall): Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Round 3, pick 10 (No. 74): Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Round 3, pick 41 (No. 105): Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Round 7, pick 26 (No. 241): Tommy Stevens, QB, Mississippi State
Quarterback is a big need, as Drew Brees has faded toward the end of the season of late and Taysom Hill will be 30 at the start of the 2020 season. At this point, Hill might take over for Brees, but he’s still likely looked at as an extra piece to help a 41 year old quarterback.
If they lose Andrus Peat to free agency, the Saints will need to find his replacement as well and shoring up a strong offensive line isn’t out of the question when you have an old quarterback like Brees to protect.
The Saints could still re-sign a good chunk of their secondary and they made a good move in getting Jenkins, but could end up needing secondary help by the time the draft comes around.
They also lost linebacker A.J. Klein and would be open to going with a linebacker if the right one was available.
Dream first pick
To replace Eli Apple, I expect the Saints to go after a cornerback. C.J. Anderson and Trevon Diggs might be gone by the time the Saints pick, but if either fall to them, they should be happy to scoop them up.