Saints reportedly nearing deal with Jameis Winston, sign Taysom Hill through 2021


The New Orleans Saints are reportedly nearing a one-year contract with Jameis Winston after signing fellow quarterback Taysom Hill to a new deal. 

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson said New Orleans will bring in Winston to compete with Hill - who will now be with the team through the 2021 season - to be Drew Brees' backup.

Winston was not re-signed by the Buccaneers after the arrival of free agent Tom Brady, ending the 2015 No. 1 overall pick's five-year run with Tampa Bay that included zero trips to the playoffs. 

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Winston led the NFL last season with 5,109 passing yards and was second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also topped the league with 30 interceptions. 

Hill originally signed a first-round tender to return to New Orleans for 2020 and has now had another year added on.

Winston or Hill could be the eventual successor to the 41-year-old Brees, who agreed to a two-year, $50million contract to return to New Orleans but has said in the past that he is taking his career one year at a time.  

The franchise also lost Teddy Bridgewater to the Carolina Panthers in free agency, leaving Hill and seventh-round pick Tommy Stevens of Mississippi State as the other quarterbacks on the roster. 

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