June 24, 2024

Is the Swiss Army Knife from the New Orleans Saints headed to the Denver Broncos?

As the 2024 NFL offseason approaches, the Denver Broncos‘ dominoes keep falling. After an unimpressive 8–9 season has concluded, attention will now shift to how this team can make the required adjustments to secure a coveted postseason position the following season.

Although the Broncos have not yet started the process of adding new players to the roster for on-field additions, head coach Sean Payton has made some adjustments on the sidelines, which may result in more of his well-known players joining him for the upcoming campaign.

Pete Carmichael was added to Payton’s staff by the Broncos last week as an offensive assistant. From 2009 to 23 Carmichael served as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, where he was a key member of Payton’s staff.

Taysom Hill, the wild card, remained a vital part of Payton’s offensive scheme during his long tenure in New Orleans. Hill has a rare combination of positional mobility and league-rare skill set that confuses opposing defenses every Sunday.

On the offensive side of the ball, Hill should be able to mesh at receiver, running back, or even quarterback. There are now indications that Denver may be keeping an eye on the 33-year-old Saints player this summer.

The hiring of Carmichael, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS, may unavoidably result in Hill being added to the Broncos roster before the 2019–20 season.

It seems unlikely that Hill will have a comparable role in 2024 with a new Saints coaching staff if Payton and Carmichael aren’t leading the offensive unit in New Orleans.

Given Hill’s contractual circumstances, a move to Denver seems far more likely. The Saints, who are in a worse cap scenario than the Broncos, can cut relations with Taysom without any consequences because the money on his current contract is non-guaranteed. This is a very reasonable decision if New Orleans wanted to trim $10 million from their largest payroll in the league.

In 2023, Hill had 291 receiving yards and 401 rushing yards, with six touchdowns in the end zone. Despite being in the latter stages of his playing career, he could still be a valuable asset to Payton’s offense in Denver and be a potent weapon for the quarterback leading the charge the next season.

It might take some time to see if the Saints make a change this summer because Hill is still bound to New Orleans. But if they do, the Broncos should be a top contender for the seven-year veteran of the NFL.

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